I got some great feedback on my recent post about my revelation of being a stay-at-home mom. (Thanks to all my readers who leave comments! I appreciate your opinions. A lot.)
I guess my previous post about Spending More Time With Your Baby was more about my obsession with the internet. While I already managed to cut down my time in front of the computer, I’m obviously still doing other chores like cleaning the house, laundry and cooking. I’m just not doing that ALL day anymore. My priority nowadays is Emma.
However, I’m still getting sucked into this black hole called internet way to much. Therefore I’ve decided to introduce opening hours for myself. Let’s pretend Thrasher Home was a business. It wouldn’t be a drive thru nor would it be open 24/7. It would be like one of those small mom & pop stores in a small beach town with a lovely front door, a cute bell and a chalkboard sign reading:
Open for Business
Mon-Fri: One hour while baby is sleeping in the morning and another hour while she is napping in the afternoon.
Possibly an additional hour after dinner.
Sat: One to two hours while husband takes care of baby. Business may be closed if family outings are happening.
Sun: Dedicated to the Lord, not the Internet.
Every now and then said sign may read:
Back in 5 or 55 minutes.
Closed for family fun.
That said, in an effort to streamline all the tasks that fall under my job description as a stay-at-home mom and my attempts to open my own Etsy shop, I will only be available online for a limited time during the day. Shudder! Gasp! Crazy idea, huh? I believe this will be the solution to keeping track of the time I spent blogging, researching, writing for SIMPLE, tweeting, Facebooking, answering/writing emails, chatting, and creating Google documents for everything else.
As part of a major family project – which we will reveal soon – I am looking into sacrificing the data plan for my iPhone. Not a done deal yet but a serious consideration.
What do you think? Would ‘opening hours’ or scheduling the time you spent online improve your day or keep you from getting stuff done?