My daily computer time is off the charts. I don’t even think about it or try to decrease it. I couldn’t even say how many hours a day I’m online, because it is so integrated into everything I do. Plus I use other devices which aren’t online!
Here’s what a typical weekday is like:
Before Breakfast (1 hour)
- Select workout music from own collection to listen to on iPod, or choose a playlist on the iPad (free Spotify or Songza, or Apple Music)
- If using my elliptical machine, read blog posts during workout, or read an e-book (from library Overdrive app)
After Breakfast (1 hour+)
- Update Fitbit app
- Check email and weather
- Check and respond to blog comments if I have posted recently
- Catch up on Facebook and Goodreads
- Briefly check work email (in case staff are trying to reach me to say they won’t be in)
- Check cell phone for texts
At Work – Public Library (2-4 hours out of 7 hour workday)
- Check and respond to email 4-6 times a day (I purposely don’t check and reply to emails the moment they arrive – too disruptive)
- Check and respond to voicemail about twice a day
- Use computer intermittently throughout the day for research, creating docs, sharing info
- Read promotional content created by my library (its news, blog, Twitter account)
- Catch up on book news every day or two (bestsellers, forthcoming titles, trends)
- Use computer to assist customers (answering questions, finding items, placing holds, checking accounts)
- Assisting staff and public with computer problems, printing, scanning, etc.
- Help people with their devices (installing and using Overdrive for e-books, Zinio for magazines, Rocket for language instruction)
- Set up and use laptop and projector, DVD player, PA system
- Lend out iPads and ChromeBooks by the hour (they have to stay in the library!)
- The rest of the time I actually talk to people, have meetings, run programs, deal with books, etc.!
During Work Breaks (about 20 minutes/day)
- Read news websites once or twice a day
- Read tech and science news once a day
- Never, ever go onto Facebook or Pinterest at work
- Walk home, eat lunch, read a book!
After Work (infinite time unless I pay attention)
- Online “tasks” such as paying bills or booking a vacation
- Check email, phone messages and texts
- Catch up again with WordPress, Bloglovin feed, Facebook
- Play music (own collection or Apple Music)
- Sync Fitbit again
- Make dinner, go for a walk, read books!
I suppose my only saving graces are that I rarely watch TV, movies or YouTube, I rarely play games, and never carry my cell phone around with me – I keep it in my bag and just use it to place the occasional outgoing call. I do have a digital camera (as well as the camera features on the iPad/cell phone) so I do spend some time uploading photos.
On the weekends I visit family, run errands, shop, do house and yard work, read more books…and also compose blog posts and fritter away immense amounts of time. On the plus side, since I got the Fitbit, I spend at least 2 hours a day doing active stuff!
I am glad I don’t have young kids at home to be a bad example for 🙂 I was much better when I was under the scrutiny of a child!
How much time do you spend connected to your devices each day?
As you can see, mine is a minimum of 4.5 hours on a weekday…and easily much more.