No idling allowed while sitting idle

Answering emails even during a kitchen chat with my mother.

BBM and email while I’m waiting at all red lights (I, of course, put my Blackberry down when the light changes to green and then pick it back up at the next red light).

I do something productive while watching TV – laundry, work, baking or ironing.

I have a “commercial channel” I flip to while my preferred program is on commercial break so I don’t have to “waste time” watching advertisements.

I switch screens to work on something else when a page is loading on the Internet (the number of open windows on my Mac at all times is obnoxious).

I browse Facebook when I’m talking to someone via Skype.

I listen to Headline News while I putting on my make-up every morning.

While I prefer to think of it as maximizing my time, I think it’s more about filling time.  I realized I’m reluctant to sit still and be quiet for fear of seeming idle – or rather am I a product of the electronic age and crave constant brain stimulation?

What do you think?

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3 thoughts on “No idling allowed while sitting idle

  1. Did you say “waste time watching advertisements”?? Ads are the most interesting thing on TV, they keep you entertained and informed at the same time…no TV program (besides the Daily Show) does that. :)

  2. this sounds as someone whose life’s power switch is permanently on the ‘on’ position. I was once like this thinking I should be productive every living moment of my life , like 24x7x31. Similar friends never really enjoyed what they had achieved sometimes due to health reasons. Others lost touch with family , friends, loved ones…… Need to find balance; that’s the key . Reading your notes send chills up my body. Hope you really do find that balance. Then again it may just work for you.

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