I'm sure you haven't noticed, but I spend a lot of time online. I know, a shocking revelation.
Being online means a lot of things to me. Writing, managing websites, finding opportunities, promoting, emailing, chatting to friends and reading. It means I absorb a lot of information, my mind is always busy and there are often several pages and programs open at once.
I have my working/writing days, when I'm online all day, and on the other days I'll check in frequently.
It makes things fairly constant. While we're at the park, for example, I'll whip out a blog post on my iPhone. When we're sitting down for lunch, I'll reply to some emails. When Abbey goes to bed, I'll catch up on the rest.
I love all that - I'm good at being busy. But sometimes it's just as great to take a break.
Yesterday I had lots to do, and I had that feeling that I was falling behind with things. So I shut down the computer (something I rarely do) and did them - I painted, cleaned, shopped for furniture, restocked the house with food, made some phone calls (I know!), played with Abbey, and in the evening I sat on the couch and watched trashy TV with Steve.
Usually, I'd do all these things with emailing and online stuff in between. Yesterday, though, I couldn't do it all - and I feel all the better for it. My day felt less cluttered, more productive and focused and my mind was most definitely clearer.
I think I might schedule an offline day each week.
How about you? Do you set time to be offline? Do you find it can all get too much at times?