My No.1 Reason For Turning My Computer Off At 7 p.m.

I turn my computer off at 7 p.m.

Every evening.

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.

What time do you turn your computer off?

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4 Responses to My No.1 Reason For Turning My Computer Off At 7 p.m.

  1. Jules Fletcher July 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM #

    I turn my comp off before bed. As a woman, (as you know), I can multitask 😉

    • Tasha Chawner July 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM #

      I used to be so much better at multitasking, Jules. Now I just find half finished tasks around the house throughout the day and think to myself “Oh, that’s right, I was doing that…”
      T xo

  2. melanie July 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    I turn my desktop computer off after I’ve synchronised it with my laptop (my documents is the same on both machines). I turn off my laptop when I’m ready for sleep. I don’t turn off my ithings. I go to sleep with my music on an off timer.

    • Tasha Chawner July 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM #

      I’ll have to investigate music and a timer on my i-thing – I didn’t realise you could do that, Melanie. Thanks for the tip!
      T xo

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