I checked this morning to see how long it takes to just check my favorite places online and check my e-mail. It was less than 20 minutes. I say "less than 20 minutes" because right in the middle of checking the time, my internet went goofy and I couldn't get an accurate time. Based on that, my morning computer time is going to be 20 minutes. I'll have a couple of other 20-minute sessions during the day. I have to be on the computer for various things during the day, such as checking the kids' schoolwork or preparing something for a Sunday school class, but I can limit the leisure stuff. I don't think I have to completely do away with surfing or chatting, but I know I can have more balance than I've had recently.
I made a list one day of all the things that I could do besides surfing the net. It's amazing all the things that I could be doing:
cook for the freezer
organize decluttered areas
read - Bible, inspirational, personal growth, pleasure
learn a new craft
write a letter
send a card
take a walk
play a game
The list is virtually endless! All of these things make for a fuller life, one that isn't confined to a little screen. One that keeps me in touch with my home, family, and friends. I think I'm going to try some of these things this week to draw my mind away from the net and back into my home!