The first thing I noticed on my first “Going Dark” day was that my morning ran smoother. I teach a story hour for 12-14 preschoolers one morning a month. I have to get us out the door by 9:15 AM. We were all ready to go by 8:45. I actually had extra time to tackle some other items off my “to-do” list. It was smooth and easygoing transition out the door and we do not always have that.
The day itself was a little atypical as I watched a toddler all day on top of my own three children. I also watch a kindergartener for two hours in the afternoon. The only stressful time was getting everyone ready for lunch, cleaning up the kitchen and eating area, and getting the younger ones down from naps. Honestly that was a very tempting time to go on and check e-mail and facebook. I think I turn to these as a stress relief when my day gets more chaotic.
In the afternoon I found myself getting more accomplished I have thrown to the wayside the last few weeks. For instance there were over 400 photos on my memory card and not a single one edited or put on my computer. I started this project and completed it. I also finished a book, got some laundry completed, thank-you notes sent out for my daughter’s birthday, book orders for school completed, Hot Lunch menu filled out, and an article for the church newsletter written. Normally I probably would have gotten some of that done, but not all of it.
The hardest time not using the Internet was after the kids go to bed. I missed reading blogs, surfing Pinterest, and responding to e-mails. I was too tired to do anything productive. I managed to finish editing photos and start another book.
As I got back on the Internet today I saw only a few e-mails I had to return and no earth shattering facebook messages. Which convinces me I do not need to be on the computer near as much as I previously was.