On a recent post, Tam from TamaraMarwood.com asked about how I manage my online life around the family. As noted in my monthly review last week, I actually need to readdress the issue of balance between work, rest and play.
I have been spending more time than desired in front of the computer recently and that has been due to:
- Out of date online work plan – the work plan that I follow was pre-baby and no longer fitting in with the reality of my life.
- Tiredness – I am less effective when tired and things take me longer to do.
- Distractions – I have been allowing myself to become distracted by social media like Twitter, StumbleUpon etc.
- Computer On – I usually work in the study and the Macbook stays in there. Recently though I had been having it on in the kitchen during the day.
To reduce my time on line and regain a better of balance of online and family activities, I have completed the following tasks:
Update Work Plan
Where possible I try to only be on the computer when the kids are asleep or if dad is around to be the primary carer. This does mean that the majority of my online activity is done at night or on the week end.
Previously when I have created a work plan I have just allocated blocks of time through out the week. Due to the other factors listed above impacting my efficiency online, I have also now allocated specific activities to the blocks of time.
In reality this is a flexible workplan. For example, although I have online activity scheduled for Mon night, if I have a school meeting to attend on a Mon, I would simply swap the nights around to fit these outside activities in. Also if things get incredibly busy like they have been for the last two weeks, having a work plan makes it easier to assess what online activities I need to forgo. And of course my baby doesn’t know this work plan so as is his right, he feeds whenever he wants!!!
The aim of the work plan is to give me boundaries for the amount of time that I spend online. This is what my new online work plan looks like:
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