I would get tons of sleep if I didn't insist on reading the entire internet every night.
Adam Alter: Why our screens make us less happy
Lately I've been working on accomplishing things that are important but not urgent. You know, that Quadrant 2 stuff that Stephen Covey talks about. It's all those things that allow you to drive the bus, and keep the tail from wagging the dog.
We need a place to come home to, and that place needs to have a door that we can close so that the outside world can't get in to pester us. The constant pressure to stay connected is insane, but I'm slowly learning how to turn my computer and my phone off at night.
In the spirit of putting first things first, for the past few nights I've been deliberately making dinner for my son and I. When I say deliberately, I mean that I make it a priority above everything and everyone else. I also spent the weekend tearing my house apart and cleaning it. I haven't tackled the boxes of papers on my stairs yet, but hey, it's a start.
Your place at home also needs to be free of ghosts. It goes beyond decluttering your home and organizing it. Your home needs to be comfortable for you. Your living space is the last thing you see when you pass out at night, and it's the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. It sets the theme for the day. You can recite all the positive affirmations in the world, but if you're tripping over stuff on the way to the coffee pot in the morning you are going to question what exactly it is that you're trying to achieve that day. It's a Get Up on the One thing.
Which brings me back to the question: Why am I using screens to distract myself so much? More primarily, what am I avoiding?