March goal & goings-on

March 3, 2015

In January, I had a goal of reading each night, even if it was just for a few minutes.  It worked beautifully, and I finished 2 books.  In February, I never defined my goal but had a nebulous idea about decreasing online time.

. . . I know.

I kept trying to define specific limits, but could never decide on anything.  Then I tried to create rules for myself, but the rules became complicated — leading me to find too many loopholes, and finally I just abandoned them altogether.  So, February was a fail.  (Of note, it was a double fail, because I sort of forgot about the whole reading thing and I’m still not finished with Flow.  But I’m almost there and going to flip back to fiction!!  SO ready!).

Anyway, this month I am going to use the Moment app to curtail iPhone screen time.  I appreciate the ironic silliness inherent in an iPhone app that helps keep you off of your iPhone, but . . . I need it.  I like the concrete simplicity of it.  And so far it’s actually working!

screen shot from their site

Basically, the app tallies up minutes spent on the phone with an open screen.  It does require GPS enabling, which has caused many reviewers to complain, but thus far it has not been a big battery drain for me, and the app developers swear they do not take your location data (I’ll just have to trust them).

It seems to be relatively accurate, and by just turning the screen off you can prevent it from counting minutes spent on screenless pursuits like podcasts/run tracking/playing music, so it really just gets at actual screen time.  My goal is to spend under 60 minutes/day, and maybe someday I’ll really go for the goal and try to beat 30.

A few “moments” around here . . .

Other goings-on (in summary/list form):
* Cameron is 1!!  (We celebrated again this weekend, with family).  He is not yet walking; however he cruises like a champ and is freakishly fast at crawling.  He is sooooo into everything.  And sooooo happy.

* I am still barre obsessed.  I am currently doing ~4 runs/week (short, 3-5 mi each) and ~3 barre classes/week (1-2 online and 1-2 live at flybarre).

* Annabel is fully potty trained — it was actually a sort of gradual process and that seemed to work for her.  But now we actually venture out without a pull-up at times — incredible!  I might be able to go 2 weeks between orders!  (note:  Not at night.  I have a feeling this might take a long time, and I’m not pushing it.)

* Work is busy.  I have so many projects on the backburner right now (because so much time is spent doing clinical things and there is just not a lot of lull time to work on those things).  In truth, if I didn’t have children I’m sure I would have more time for those extras.  BUT I also think that being a parent gives me a really important perspective as someone working in a pediatric field.  Interestingly, new patients almost always ask if I have children, and I often see them visibly perk up when I tell them I have 2.  So — there’s that.  In 18 years or so, maybe I will feel caught up and be SUPER productive 🙂

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