Or maybe I was never really gone.
*This is the short version of this post. The long one got eaten by WordPress.*
I wasn’t planning to be back this quickly, but I am. This week, though, was important for me.
I’ve been feeling technologically and informationally overwhelmed. The stems largely from the fact that I spend most of my 40 hours of work every week in front of the computer. A ding in my email means I need to respond. A colored bubble with words that pops up on my monitor means I need to solve someone’s problem. When I don’t have anything else to do or my next meeting isn’t for 10 or 15 minutes, the only way I have to “amuse” myself is to play on the internet. However, this stopped being amusing and started being stressful. I felt like all of my email and the blogs I write and the blogs I read and the blogs I comment on and the things I want to research online each were making little demands on me, and I was tired.
I needed to step back. Externally, I needed to organize things so I could find the information I really wanted quickly and easily and not have to pick through the rest. Internally, I needed to decide how important all of this is to me. But I couldn’t do these things and fulfill the demands I felt impinging on me.
I’m tempted to feel silly because I let the internet make demands on me, I gave it that much pull in my life. I do think, though, that it needs boundaries like everything else in life. And I needed part of this week to figure out mine.