The computer is a terrible addiction for me, it really is. I check my email 5o million times a day, I lurk and play on Facebook, I lurk and play on Twitter, I have at least 20 blogs that I subscribe to via RSS feed and try to keep up with–not to mention keeping up with this blog, which is in week 31 of 5-day-a-week posts.
In short, I spend an embarrassing amount of time online.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the web and I sincerely believe, and know for a fact, that the ideas I encounter here enrich my life and stimulate my brain. I also follow really interesting people on Twitter who inspire me to be creative and disciplined in my life, and it makes me happy to keep up with my friends on Facebook.
I spend too much goddamn time here!!
In the past I’ve tried to limit my computer time by locking myself in small time cages and counting every computer calorie. But, as we all know, DIETS DON’T WORK. And I always found myself back online, poking around indiscriminately, wasting time, and then bemoaning the fact that certain other things didn’t get done.
What other things? Well, reading, for one.
Books used to be such a huge part of my daily life and now, even though I still buy them and download them onto my Kindle, I don’t read them. I just stack them. I recently read online about someone who made it her goal to read a book a week for a year. This idea lit me up, and also provided a natural antidote to my computer addiction. What if I made it my goal to read a book a week also? In order to do that I would have to severely limit my computer time.
So that’s what I’ve decided to do: a book a week for the rest of the year. Last week’s book was Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Deepak Chopra (recomended to me by Archan, one of my readers). I finished it this past weekend and it was terrific and has totally changed the way I think about aging.
This week it’s Seth Godin’s latest, Linchpin.
I love it that I am reading more and am online less. I feel smarter and happier already. Replacing one addiction with another really seems to work for me. Diets definitely do not.