Do you ever feel like technology takes more from your life than it gives? Computer games, News on line, and googling everything and anything as little queries enter your head, My computer usage could easily be termed an addiction, and I know I could be a lot healthier in both mind and body if I made better use of my time. Some weeks my daily average screen time exceeds four hours, and if i’m to be honest with myself, more than half of that time is just mindless time wasting.
I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to manage my time better. Consequently I’ve deleted all computer games, Design Home, Chess, Sudoku, Crib, Patience, and a few others. I’m definitely not trying to get technology out of my life, just trying to make better use of it. I’d like it to enhance my life, and to let technology inspire me to live the best life I can. I generally find reading worthwhile blogs to be inspiring, but I often don’t do justice to the ones I’m genuinely interested in – why! Simply because I’ve been giving priority to games, or googling rubbish. It’s not just the reading of other peoples inspiring blogs that gets neglected, I often neglect my own blog too. So why don’t I consider reading about other people’s lives, or writing about my own life a waste of precious time?
The answer is simple. People like Jonno and Joanne from Jwalking inspire me to get out in the countryside and walk. Amanda from Something to ponder about, does just that, she gets me thinking about life in general. Miriam from out and about, gets me appreciating my own country, while itching for hitching gives me a good belly laugh. (Apologies to Itching for Hitching, I know all the hilarious nic-names for your friends, but I don’t know your name). There are so many more inspiring Bloggers that could be inspiring me on a regular basis to get the most out of my life, providing I take the time to let them.
As far as writing about my own life, when I make a conscious effort to write more, I often find myself in a bit of a quandary with nothing to write about. Then I realise that’s because I have been doing very little in the way of worthwhile pursuits, either mentally, or physically. Time used playing chess on line isn’t exactly a riveting topic to write about! On the other hand, watching ’The Queens Gambit,’ now that is definitely worthwhile. Have you watched it? If not, I can definitely recommend it. I could, of course, try to convince myself that playing chess on line is good mental stimulation, but really, it just isn’t. Like all on line gaming it sucks the life blood from you.
With all my on line games deleted, from now on I should have time to keep up to date with all of your stories, and I should have time to experience more of life for myself. If you’re interested, I’ll even have time to tell you all about it. Here’s to a life with less mindless use of technology! Here’s to a better life.