A New Leaf

I looked at the front page of the NY Times today and saw an article that resonated a little too much with me. The headline: “Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price.”

I often complain that my work is too stressful – to the point where I’m tired of hearing my own voice. And although every once in awhile I also complain about being “too connected,” I tend to be in denial when it comes to acknowledging how connected to my computer I truly am.

So, I read the article this morning, and I recognized a little too much of myself in the prose. And I got a little scared. So I made a June 7, 2010 resolution. My resolution is simple in theory, which means that it will be infinitely more difficult in practice.
When I get home from work, I will not touch my computer until the girls are in bed. I got home on the early side today, and instead of surfing the Web, the four of us took a walk around the block. My hubby’s iPhone was off limits during the stroll and he essentially complied (he hasn’t read the article yet, but if he does, I am confident he’ll be scared straight). If the weather doesn’t cooperate for a nightly walk, we will play a game or read books.
That’s it. It’s honestly absolutely ridiculous that I even have to make this promise to myself. I have no idea how long this pledge will last, but I’m going to try very hard to make it work.
At least for the next couple of weeks.