Monday, August 11, 2008
Are you engaged or are you vegging?
I just recently got clear on a distinction between being engaged and vegging. Both of them can happen on a computer.
When I am engaged, my mind is active, I feel productive, and I feel full of energy and creativity.
When I am vegging, it is as if my mind is shut off. Even if my jaw is not slack, I feel slack-jawed. I am not on the computer for any reason but to check out.
I like it when I'm engaged. I dont' like it when I'm vegging. It affects me not only when I do it but after, and I also find I miss out. I am on an anti-veg campaign. My first battle-line - no vegging at night. If I have to work in the evenings, but when I'm done, no vegging. No looking at endless blogs. No link-following, no You-Tubing, no Twittering, no Facebooking. Also, no iPhone vegging.
I do need breaks - one can't work non-stop, it's actually non-productive. But I have so many other great things I could be doing with my break time. Standing up and stretching, going into the kitchen to make myself a cuppa. Breathe deep and relax. Hang out with the kids for a few minutes. Read the paper.
How about you? Do you know when you're vegging and when you're engaged?