I was thinking about managing my time on the computer (and in other areas, too, but mainly the computer). It came to me just as I wrote it up there:
"Recognize the end point. Then end."
Recognize when I have finished the work I need to do on the computer. Then end my time there and move on to the next thing. I'll imagine my most police-like, authoritarian voice, and say to myself, "STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!"
How often I have lingered instead and thought of something to check:
a review of a book,
a new post on a favorite blog,
the news on my yahoo home page,
maybe I should request that book from the library?,
while I'm here, I will check my library account--anything overdue?,
my wish list at amazon,
what do others buy who bought the book on my wishlist at amazon?
new messages posted on my yahoo groups I belong to,
I should post a reply to that one,
any new emails?
oh, yeah, I need to respond to that email I got a couple of days ago...
Click, click, click and tick, tick, tick. Time passes; I am reading interesting stuff, good stuff, but I should have ended minutes ago.
I should be doing something else.
It is a skill that I hope to improve. Recognize the end point. Then end.
Like right now:
I've written. Reviewed. Edited. Re-read. Edited again. Re-read.
I'm done here. I'll post and then I will move away from the computer and on to my work in our home.
I will recognize the end point and end.