Our routine has been virtually non-existent the last few weeks. Full-on renovating and moving will do that to you. Now that we’re officially in our new house and back at work as of today, we are all trying to find something that resembles normal again. Or at least a new kind of normal anyway. We’re all living downstairs together as upstairs is still a construction zone. It’s a big area but the absence of doors, only having a bar fridge and Karmen’s bedroom in the kitchenette area, gives it that ‘camping’ feeling. The fact that we are also completely disconnected with no TV or internet has completely changed our normal routines but not necessarily for the worse.
Whilst I did have a minor stress out yesterday afternoon after going to McDonald’s to use their insanely terrible wifi to get school prep done, the disconnection has been a nice break. It’s not until you stop your normal routine that you start to notice exactly how much time you’ve been wasting scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, just because they’re there.
Typically I used to wake up and whilst having a coffee I’d be on my phone flashing between email, Instagram, Facebook, twitter and bloglovin’. Usually we would also be sitting in front of the TV with either Sunrise or ABC on as background noise (we have been known to sit in front of ABC for an half an hour without even noticing it was a kid's show and Eamon isn’t even there, but I probably shouldn’t admit that!)
Since moving we’ve been sitting in the outdoor area drinking coffee and having breakfast in the crisp morning air. Something I probably wouldn’t even have noticed if we’d stayed inside as it's warm by 7. We’ve been having meals out there too with only the background noise of crashing waves a few streets away.
I’m definitely looking forward to having the convenience of being online again soon, but in the meantime I am liking our new daily routine that involves a little more silence and lot less digital chatter. And once we do finally get re-connected I’m hoping I can find a bit of a better balance than we had before. (Remind me of this please, when my phone becomes re-glued to my hand!)
How do you balance your time between the digital and ‘real’ world?