Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Walking on Wednesday - What to do if you WASTE an entire morning

The other day I got up early and saw the kids off to school, sat down at the computer anticipating a very productive day!

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.

Chicken Vindaloo
I felt so motivated by then, I made Chicken Vindaloo for dinner! I had never tried to make it before - and it was delicious.

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.


  1. Gosh, that day sounds like my day today! Here I am on the computer, checking email which always leads me to blog reads, etc, and this is my weaving time, until noon. So here I am on the computer, and just sent I guess a rather nasty comment to a new follower from a blog hop -- I'm tired of comments like "following you now please follow back" when clearly they haven't read my post at all. From now on, when I get those, I may follow back but them those followers know how hard I work on my posts, and don't bother FOLLOWING if you don't wnat to read it! OTherwise it's just like racking up how many hundreds of friends you have on FB! Ok, enough ranting. back to the loom. Oh, and wish I could make that indan dish if we didn't have so many damn food alleriges in this house, and a husband who doesn't even like garlic...

  2. Oh, man! I am SO glad I'm not the only one who does this. It's really easy to get sucked in and be online all day. I have to force myself to get out of the house or the dang computer is always calling to me. :)


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