An Experiment

Last post I wrote about my time crunch and how it affects my ability to accomplish the things I want to get done.  I’ve been reading a book that really has nothing to do with this but got me thinking. I started thinking about where my time is going and what’s not getting done. And I started to think about what I could do to recapture some time.

My biggest time suck occurs when I get home. Instead of doing some things around the house, talking to family, or reading a book, I’m often on my computer, often working, but also just goofing off. Now there’s nothing particularly wrong with goofing off and relaxing but I’m often not making a deliberate decision to relax. I’ve usually gotten distracted from some other task and have wandered over to Facebook or Twitter.

So I’m going to try, for the next week, to not open my computer after I get home, or 5 pm, whichever comes first. I will allow myself to only be on my computer to so something specific like participate in a Twitter chat and only for that specific time frame.

I’m planning to fill that time with family activities, reading, and housework. These are all things I’ve let slide for the last few months. Housework will come last in that set and I may find other things to do with that time that are fulfilling and relaxing. A side effect of this plan is that I hope to be more efficient at work and really prioritize what needs to get done.

For the record, I’m planning to report on the book I’m reading when I finish. The slice that led me to this line of thought suggested that people who set goals and think about the obstacles in the way tend to reach those goals. It’s often how I approach my goals. Figure out what’s in the way and then figure out how to get it out of the way.