Blogging? Enjoy the sun…

I didn’t write a lot on this blog lately. First of all, because I realized that I did spend way too much time on the computer. I’m seriously working on my time management and am cutting the time down at the computer for many reasons. Reading and writing on the computer for many hours a day is not healthy. The neck and back suffer and the eyes get pretty tired too.

I really enjoy reading and writing every day, but now that the Summer seems to finally start here in the Netherlands, I really don’t want to spend more than 3 hours a day in front of the screen. I had to remind myself what I did write in an earlier post about screen time for children. And I really need to do the same too. So I set the clock and realized that 3 hours were nothing. I could hardly read all the posts on the blogs I follow and leave a few comments. I usually read two to three newspapers per day (that would be another hour). Not to mention all the emails, the organizing of all the school events (I’m classmum in my children’s classes and parent’s representative for a yeargroup, i.e. for 60 children (and families)) and social contacts of our whole family. And then there are the language lessons I have to prepare and some other articles I have to write. – I really enjoy doing all this, but I didn’t realize how time consuming all this became in the last months.

Therefore I decided to reduce my screen time. I will try to be as productive as possible, but I also need to get out, do sports, spend time with my children.

I’m working from home, so it’s always very tempting to sit at the comupter even when the children are home and play or read. But I shouldn’t. As parents we are role models for our children. Not only for the small ones, but also our teenagers copy our behaviour. Especially the one concerning the use of electronic devices. So, the new rule in our family is: not more than 30 minutes for the children (per day; except homeworks, as they often have to search informations on the internet for this…) and for mum 3 hours for work and max. 1 hour for “fun”.

Today I enjoyed the sun, did some work in the garden, we all went for a bike ride and I had my screen-fun-time already. Therefore I wish you all a relaxed off-screen evening. Tot gauw.


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  1. I can so relate Ute. I think sometimes its scary how ‘aligned’ we are 😉
    I recently decided to write a post twice a week, rather than every other day. I don’t have the time and as you said, I would like to spend more quality time with the kids rather than zoning out in front of the computer. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Ha, Tatu, oh yes, we were separated by birth 😉 It’s so tempting to evade the daily routines or daily struggles by diving into the internet-world, and sometimes it’s the only way to really get some distraction (like when the kids are ill and you can’t get out as much, you can’t have a real social life etc.). But when I think about how fast the kids grow, how quickly this time flies by and that they really need us much more now than in a few years – they still will, but in another way – it’s really a shame to waste this time at the computer. These are not memories I want my children to have: mum was always at the computer… 😉 Und deshalb schalte ich ihn jetzt auch wieder aus.

  3. Yes Ute, I can relate to this too. I find it quite difficult to find the right balance, work, family, blogging (computer time) and all the other people and activities that need attention. I must say I am really glad that we are having a little more sunshine so I really do want to make the most of that too. This year I am posting about once or twice a month, I used to post 2-3 times a week, the strange thing is that I have a steady stream of pageviews even though I am posting a lot less. Very interesting! Less comments though….By the way husband complains that I am behind the computer too much.

  4. Thank you for your reply, Janneke. We really have to realize that it doesn’t depend on how much we post per week or month, but about the quality not only of the content of what we post, but also of the life we leed when we’re not online. We tend too much to rush from early in the morning until late in the evening (sometimes night) working, blogging, parenting and organizing so many things. I won’t say that we risk a burnout (some may though) but we surely miss part of the “real” life because we’re busy thinking about the next things to do, instead of concentrating on less tasks. I personally got somehow addicted to this writing and reading, this bloggosphere and all that’s connected to it. I won’t give this up, but I need a clearer structure (maybe that’s the Swiss or German part in me? ;-)) and first of all: to spend more time with family and friends. – I think you still have so much traffic on your site because your posts are brilliant! They really are, and the topics are very popular. I imagine that people comment less because they think you wouldn’t answer. It’s a weird thing, but when I see that someone hasn’t posted in several weeks, I think he or she is very busy and won’t have the time to read my reply. Maybe a little reminder that you’re still there and will surely read all the comments and reply would help? I don’t know. I surely will leave replies on your site though. – But now let’s go back to our families 😉 Tot gauw!

  5. I’m very proud of you! Well done! We have to enjoy the weather and look after our health. This is one of the reason I do not blog as much as I could, so I totally agree with you 🙂

  6. Madrexilio, you’re too kind. What you say is so true: we need to look after our health and not letting the blogging become too energy consuming is one step. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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