As I sit across the room from my husband, bonding with my computer keyboard for yet another blog post, my husband seems satisfied to enjoy my company while he reads the paper. Every now and then, he'll read a little blurb to me (Redskins won last night) and I try hard not to show annoyance that he's interrupting my ActiveRain concentration. Part of me feels a little guilty, though.
Who is my significant other, anyway? My husband or ActiveRain?!?!
Since this is the season for sitting down to write a business plan and make New Year's resolutions, we might want to do a little soul-searching to make sure we have things in perspective in our lives. Ask yourself these questions, and draw your own conclusion:
1. Do I spend more time on ActiveRain or talking with my significant other?
2. Do I spend more time on ActiveRain or listening to my children?
3. Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than following up directly with current and former clients?
4. Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than keeping my home and office organized?
5. Do I spend more time on ActiveRain than I do keeping in touch with my parents, siblings, and friends?
I could add another ten questions here, but I'm sure you get the point.
The bottom line, really, is whether I spend an appropriate amount of time on ActiveRain. Is it replacing LESS valuable activity or MORE valuable activity in my day?
In my case, most of my ActiveRain time is in lieu of sleep, which I'm not sure is a good thing, either - but at least it does not consume every waking minute when I should be doing other things. Larry doesn't seem to feel threatened by ActiveRain - it's just the latest of my many interests in our 40 years of marriage - and, after all, he does have his golf! No kids at home any more, but we probably talk more since they're calling or emailing to comment on my latest blog. And now I have something of value to send my clients - relevant blog posts - so I'm probably doing a better job of keeping in touch with them than ever before in my career.
A consumer survey conducted last January for SupportSoft Inc., a firm that makes software for computer help desks, indicated that 64% of all Americans spend more time with their computer than their significant other. And that was before ActiveRain took off - I imagine the numbers would be higher now, by about 62,000.
There are worse things, right?
Seriously, ActiveRain is a valuable part of my day that replaces LESS valuable use of time in the past - time that I might have spent watching TV, sleeping (okay, that IS valuable), and plain ol' busy work. I'm actually more efficient than I was in the pre-ActiveRain era, because I manage my time better. Larry, don't worry... you're still #1 with me. (Just don't interrupt my ActiveRain concentration, okay?)
P.S. I read this to my husband before posting it, and he assures me that I do a good job of not looking annoyed when he talks to me while I'm on ActiveRain. And now we both just start laughing when he opens his mouth to say anything because we're thinking about that.
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