I turn my computer off at 7 p.m.
Like so many other mums out there, I manage a family, work and a small biz.
My day looks something like this…
Up at 6:30-7 a.m. (depending on how keen I am to drag myself out of bed); check emails and Facebook; start breakfast and get the kids up; breakfast; coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald online; clean up from breakfast and get ready for work; work (4 days a week – 9-3 at the local Central school, with Wednesdays off); home; kids after school activities, housework, homework, groceries, washing, play with dog, start dinner; dinner; clean up; computer time (check emails, Pin, Facebook); computer off; time with family; television for me; hang more washing somewhere in there; bed.
Come 7 p.m. I’m generally pretty knackered. But the biggest reason for unplugging is:
I want to spend time with my family (and myself) in the evenings.
Our night time meal is usually followed by more friendly banter as we clean up, then a communal story or television show (Big Bang Theory is the current favourite) and finally cuddles and a debrief in bed.
Then comes some me time.
I don’t want to be plugged in to the rest of the world – and I especially don’t want to be tempted to plug in – so I unplug. All devices. Computer, phone and iPod – all off. No distractions from family fun or me time.
It took a little while to discipline myself to do it, but now that I do… I look forward to 7 p.m.’s.