V-Day! and Lent begins…

Happy Valentine’s Day! I got to spend the day babysitting a great tiny person!

Notably, today is also Ash Wednesday.

I do make a habit of observing Lent. For anyone unfamiliar, Lent is a 40 day period of fasting before Easter. Many people give up something important to them for these 40 days. Sweets, caffeine, watching TV, swearing. I consider Lent a time of self-discipline and an opportunity to grow.

In that respect, I generally give up something that’s distracting me. Last year, I gave up Pinterest, Netflix, and online books. It was difficult, and I was forced to notice how often I reach for my phone.

This year, I was planning to do the same.  I know that I’ve been using my computer to procrastinate.  A lot.  As I considered my internet use, I realized that using social media was not the habit I wanted to focus on.

Pinterest, Netflix, Facebook, and Youtube interfere with my productivity.

I am giving up procrastinating, specifically by way of the internet.  I can use whatever sites and apps I want, as long as there’s nothing left on my to do list for the day.

So far this Ash Wednesday, I already went on Facebook when I should have been writing this post and then washing my dog.  I did get to both of those things, but my timeline wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for.

This will definitely be a challenge.

We shall see how this year’s season of Lent goes.

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