What will it look like?
Step 1: Quit Facebook. I actually already completed this part of the plan. I quit back in March, thinking it would be good to finish out the school year with no distractions, but I enjoyed being rid of it so much that I didn’t join up again over the summer, and I’m happy to never join up again.
Step 2: Quit Netflix. Netflix was quite handy… until instant watch ruined my life (or rather, my lack of self-control when it comes to instant watch ruined my life). It’s really tempting to come home from work, plop down and watch Netflix, when I could be doing something else just as relaxing, but more beneficial. Plus, if I’m paying for something, I always feel like I have to use it to get my money’s worth. Double plus, the prices just went up, so now is the time to quit.
Step 3: Restrict after-work computer time. Do I really need to check my email every 20 minutes? No. Do I check it that often? Yes. Time spent online will be restricted to following my Google Reader (which was recently weeded of all non-essentials), blogging, a brief email check, and any research I need to do. Once I’ve used up my allotted time, the internet goes OFF for the evening.
What do I plan to do instead?
2. Do some composing/arranging. I got some books on harmony over the summer, so I want to work through the exercises and then work on some more interesting projects.
3. Practice, practice, practice. (focusing on clarinet and mandolin)
4. Do some writing. I was working on a story over the summer, but haven’t done anything with it since I got back for work. Hopefully, I’ll find some time to keep plugging away at it.
5. Blog regularly. Unlike last year, I want to keep up my blog over the school year. I’m already planning a Christmas series!
That feels like a lot of goals, but I hope that my media diet will open up a lot of time that I otherwise would have wasted. Wish me luck!