Suddenly, it is 11am, and I had wasted 4 hours messing around on the computer.
I got some food (realized I was hungry after all that wasted time) and went right back on the computer. Oh, I re-sized a few pictures, networked, read up on some pertinent blog news (I found a great website for such things!click for link). I read some unrelated things, as I always seem to get sidetracked, and of course that pesky FB game kept me busy for much longer than I realized too.
Suddenly it was 2pm. Can you believe it? another 3 hours!!! I know we have all experienced days like this. But this time I was so mad at myself! So much time wasted!
I decided I had 2 choices.
1. Embrace it!
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon just rummaging around the world wide web. After all, I DID find a great new site, made a new FB friend, and networking always is a good thing. Indulge in this, because you know it won't happen often, if ever again. And take comfort in the thought that you will be so sick of the computer that you won't want to go near it for days, and thus have several very productive follow up days.
2. Get the heck up and DO SOMETHING ELSE!
Change your location, change your clothes (out of your pajamas that you are no doubt still in), change your mindset! Go somewhere, do something different. In essence, start your day over. Tell yourself, "that was fun, now for accomplishing something tangible...."
For me, I had to go with #2 it turns out, because I had to pick up my son from school so he could get to work. (he gets his full license in a few weeks!). I HAD to change my location and do something else.
It turned out to be the best move I could make for that day. Not just in the fact that my son got to his job on time, always a good thing, but also, I created something that afternoon! I took my idle morning and turned it into a productive day.
So, next time you find yourself sitting in front of the computer for a ridiculous amount of time, know that you have options.
Either one can work, for that day.
And know that whichever one you choose will be just fine for today. For tomorrow is a new day, to accomplish something entirely different, or even enjoy the same, whichever you choose.