As you can tell, I took an unplanned, but much needed break from being online for the past several days. For the first few days I felt guilty. By Saturday, though, I decided that the fact that I had little desire to be online was a feeling I should honor. Sometimes you just have to spend more time in the "real world." With that extra time I:
- Spent time with my daughters. My 20-year old just returned from her 2-week drive across country, which included a stop at the DNC where she was able to get a press pass and be down on the floor for Hillary's speech. Very exciting. Less exciting was the fact that Jess got in a car accident 90 minutes from home--hugely ironic given that she'd already driven several thousand miles. Luckily no one was hurt.
- Cleaned up my office. Since I moved, I've been trying to keep things more clutter-free in my work space, but when I have a lot of different projects going on, papers and post-its tend to build up. As my work space becomes more cluttered, so do my thinking processes, so I definitely needed to create some more space.
- Wrote in my journal. As part of my Artist's Way project, I'm writing at least three pages each morning in my journal. I was disturbed to find that many (most?) mornings when I wake up I'm thinking of problems and complaints. This is not a good way to start the day. I've vowed to look at ways to wake up in a more positive frame of mind. Any suggestions?
- Sat on my patio. After 5 years of apartment living, I'm VERY glad to be back in a house with easy access to my little patio. There's something about the sun and plants that's very restorative to the soul.
- Started reading Slide:ology--highly recommended and a very nice companion to The Back of the Napkin and Presentation Zen. I'm on a visual kick right now, although I will say that I still seem to be stuck in "Wordville."
The off-line time was most definitely needed and well worth it. I think I need to build more of it into my life because when I spend too much time online, I tend to become much more reactive and lose sight of some of my own thinking. My brain starts to feel overfilled and it becomes more difficult to think. Just like I need to clear out the physical clutter, I also need to build in time to rid myself of a lot of the mental clutter.