When the weather is decent and I walk the dog in the morning. I always notice how the sky seems sharper and the air seems clearer. I used to think that there was a special quality to the morning. Now I wonder if that is how the world looks when you first wake up. The world isn't any different, but you changed. After good sleep, eye drops and coffee everything seems a little fresher. I cannot swear off most of my distractions. I don't plan to go cold turkey on social media but one day a week I try to stay offline. This week from bedtime Saturday until I woke up Monday morning I didn't use social media. Of course I have rules so that I don't feel completely cut off. Some internet usage is still ok. I might edit this list if I find myself cheating. For right now I have to leave my phone in the other room just to stay out of Facebook. Somedays I have to turn off the computer all together or I just will not get a thing done.
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I am not ready to ban tech devices from the bedroom. I know phones, tables and laptops are supposed to negatively effect your sleep. I have very strange dreams but I just cannot turn in without signing off for the night.
Eventually I'd like to adapt this day off into a time where I take off my Librarian hat. I wear a lot of fun hats for work. I have realize that even when I am not working, I do library things. I don't have a separation between my personal and professional life. I think to be a better librarian I need to look at things with a fresh perspective and this will require me to completely disconnect from work from time to time. I hope overall this will lead to a better me as Laura and a better me as a librarian. Hopefully I can do this by being more organized about my time at work so that I can read library blogs between tasks; something I would normally do at home. Perhaps I can even work on my book reviews and other professional development job the clock if I can more efficiently accomplish other duties. I guess what I am attempting is not to do less, but really do more in a different way. I am excited and optimistic for the outcome.