Silver lining?

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What has a kitchen timer got to do with silver linings you may ask?
It all began with my doctor’s suggestion that I get one to help me remember to take a few minutes walking break from sitting at my desk every twenty minutes to help an inflamed nerve heal.
First not so silver lining, (more a black storm cloud on my part lol!)it ticked so loud it was a constant distraction grrr. (should have bought a different one.)I did find after the initial frustration though that my world was expanding. I’d been tending to spend most of my “at home time” in my bedroom for convenience sake, generally on the laptop at my desk, or laying on my bed with a good book to “chill” (confessions lol!.) Doc said to walk during these breaks so I became re acquainted with the neglected parts of my apartment (the living-room for example!)
Thinking hmm… I have such a nice room but I hardly ever use it, I decided to move one laptop there (yes I had two in my bedroom – embarrassing!)Next step I figured why not move my work stuff with it and keep my bedroom for rest and devotional reading etc. You are probably laughing by now! (First de stress rule – bedrooms should not be work places – but its so convenient!lol!)
Well to cut my story short, the timer went down also. Having my life cut into 20 min. segments has been a life changer. I realised just how much time I can “accidentally” spend on social media, how I must have been sometimes 3 or more hours straight at the computer when a writing bug hit (no wonder my leg was complaining!)I became far more aware of how I used my time. Many of those little jobs on my to do list got done during my breaks and amazingly I’ve been more inspired to write rather than less (even with the pesky timer.)Today my daughter helped me rig my computer to my TV so I can watch net flix on the big screen (OK, OK, I was laying in bed watching on the laptop lol!) I feel like I opened a bunch of windows and my life is expanding instead of contracting.
So my message for today? Get a timer, it’s life changing!

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7 thoughts on “Silver lining?

    • Good idea, definitely more mood enhancing, the only problem is that I get so engrossed in writing etc. I’d never notice the sand had run out lol! Maybe when the habit is ingrained.

      • I did think of that, but only after I had posted it.

        The only thing that might still make it work is that repetitive movements seems to attract the eye, hence the flashing lights on slot machines and finding oneself watching the washing machine going round and round… and round. If it was me I think I might feel compelled to keep checking how far the sand had got down the glass, but there again maybe not. : )

      • Depends how deeply engrossed I am. To start with yes, I’d keep looking and get distracted, but once I’m engrossed in something I become oblivious to all else (even eating or sleeping lol!) One of my daughters is even worse. Sometimes she even faints because she is so wrapped up in something that she forgot to eat – (thankfully she has a more carnal Chinese husband to remind her of such physical necessities lol!)

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