I have heard from a number of moms who struggle with this issue in one way or another: How to balance duties to your vocation versus time spent in leisure pursuits—online, on the phone, watching TV, or other “time wasters.”
The computer is probably the greatest temptation. It’s just so accessible, so instantly gratifying, so pleasantly connected to other real live grown up human beings. Before you know it, you might have spent 45-60 minutes reading blogs, visiting discussion forums, and catching up on news, but basically accomplishing absolutely nothing while your household falls apart around you. I know I have been guilty of this, and it always feels terrible afterwards.
One way that I control this temptation is to schedule online time only during specified times in my daily schedule, while the baby is napping and after other work has been done. I have heard of others who set a timer for themselves and only spend 20-30 minutes at the computer each day. Still others designate certain days of the week where they avoid the computer altogether.
If you are wondering if you spend too much of your day involved in any one particular activity (computer, telephone, television, etc.) a good way to test yourself is to avoid that activity for a day or so and see how much you suffer (or maybe how much your house and family benefit). In my experience, this can be a good gauge of how large a part of your life that particular activity has become.
So, share with us please. Do you spend too much time online in your day? How do you keep your online time in line? What strategies have worked for you and would you recommend for others? Answer here and then go clean the kitchen floor, okay?