527th Friday Blog Roundup
So I gave up my Hay Day farm… at least, temporarily. My virtual farm replaced Candy Crush last year as my obsession-of-choice. I took it up to the 70th level, opened all the fishing slots, bought all the machines, all the animals, all the crops, and gathered over $3 million in virtual coins and 300 diamonds. By all intents and purposes, I “won” this unwinnable game.
I loved playing in the morning. I loved waking up and greeting the river boat, filling the crates with the items I made overnight. I loved gathering my crops and replanting the seeds. I loved to collect all the gifts from my townspeople and fill their new orders. All in all, waking my town up in the morning took about 20 minutes out of my day, and it was a happy 20 minutes where I felt like I was setting everything right in the world. It was like a really relaxing virtual cleaning session, with a clear end-point, and it made me feel as if I had accomplished something before I started my day.
The gaming equivalent of starting the day with a clean email inbox.
But the night was a different story. At night, I was constantly telling Josh that we couldn’t start something because I “just had to take care of my farm.” I would predict a task to take me 5 minutes, but it was more like 10. I had to clean up my farm from the day and get it ready for the next day, which could take anywhere from a half hour to… an hour. Or more. It was eating up my life. And unlike the beginning, I wasn’t really enjoying it anymore.
So I told Josh that I was putting my farm to sleep for a few days. Nothing would happen unless I opened the app (and I warned the kids not to touch it), and I didn’t plan to open the app until the weekend when I would give myself a little play time and then shut it down until the next weekend or so.
It has given me a lot of time this week.
I guess I’ve been looking at my time wasters — what am I doing that doesn’t really add to my life but I do it anyway out of habit or some thought that I “should” do it, etc. Hay Day had gone from a game into a slog. So it was out.
I’ve kept yoga, morning coffee, reading, and blogging. I’ve cut out Hay Day, a bunch of non-personal blogs I was reading because I felt I “should,” and snacking after dinner.
Everything feels a little neater in the moment.
What are your time wasters? Why haven’t you dropped them?
Stop procrastinating. Go make your backups. Don’t have regrets.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Thoughts on Donor Cycles” (Amateur Nester)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Mojo Working is back with a brief post about acknowledging loss after everything changes. It’s powerful in its simplicity. I can’t say much more than that without ruining the effect of the words, so I’m going ask you to click over and let them speak for themselves.
Two Adults, One Child has a post about blogging which I think is particularly relevant to our community where burnout is common because of the high emotional content of our blogs (both writing and reading). I like her approach on how to make blogging something that adds to her life instead of detract. She can sum it up with one perfect sentence: “to use this space as it was originally intended — as an outlet for me to express my thoughts and feelings.” But you’ll need to read the whole post to get the greater context.
Lastly, No Kidding in NZ has a post that I wish were pinnable to the front of Google. And perhaps you can help me to push it up the Google ranks by clicking over to read and spread it around yourself so Google gets the message that we want people to be able to find it. She goes through the emotions she experienced when she resolved her infertility by living child-free after treatments. This piece is so powerful for someone who is in the throes of it; to see that things could get better even if the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t visible. Her honesty about the length of time she went through the emotions is helpful as well. Not everyone will experience the same feelings, but if they are feeling these things, this post will help them feel less alone.
The roundup to the Roundup: What are your time wasters? Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between December 26th and January 9th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.