Yesterday, I did end up listing all the media I consume. I thought about it and prioritized it. I'll spare you the details, but here are my conclusions:
- I want to spend less time on the computer and more time reading actual books.
- I want to spend less time consuming and more time creating.
- I need to pay attention to activities that sap my mental energy and creativity and keep them to a minimum or eliminate them.
- I can come up with my own solutions—I don’t have to look everything up!
I have evaluated whether each facet of the media that occupies my time is helping me, hurting me, or is just too much. I have pared down my blog-reading list. I'm going to turn off the radio in the car more often. I am bumping up other priorities, such as journaling, reading scriptures, thinking, and doing anything creative.
I am going to limit my time on the computer. I hope that my blog-friends will understand if I comment a little less, and that my Facebook friends will understand if I don't click "Like" quite as often.
One of my biggest problems on the computer is that I like to participate. It seems unfair and maybe even a little cowardly to lurk and never contribute. I will have to think about this a little more.