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An Inside Look at the Hectic Schedule of an Internet Addict

Sure, I’ll admit it, I am addicted to the Internet. I am connected at work, at play, and at home. When access is unavailable, I go through withdrawals — headaches, nervousness, hallucinations — the whole bit. Over the years, I have learned how to take advantage of periods of Web inaccessibility, however, in general, my schedule pretty much revolves around the Internet. Thus, in the name of “everyone else is doing it,” here is an inside look at my hectic weekly schedule:

I have Mondays off from my regular, full-time, offline job at the salt mine. So, I generally spend the day at home, working diligently to accomplish my goals. Beginning at around 7:00 in the morning, a typical Monday goes something like this:
  • 7:30 – 9:00am Shower, coffee, kids. See kids off to school and perhaps run an errand or two.
  • 9:00 – 11:30am Online business. Respond to emails, blog comments, etc. Post at Perishable Press.
  • 11:30 – 12:00pm Check stats, backup databases, check email, comments, feeds. Prepare for afternoon.
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch break. Run errands, eat, listen to music, relax and chill as much as possible.
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm Web-design for Monzilla Media: coding, testing, graphics, writing, networking, etc.
  • 3:00 – 5:30pm Multitask offline & online biz: check emails and comments while helping with homework.
  • 5:30 – 9:00pm Family time. Wife returns home from work, dinner is prepared, and the family hangs tuf.
  • 9:00 – 12:00am Free time. Kids in bed, wife relaxing. I either chill with Jen or work on computer.
  • 9:00 – 12:00am If I decide to work on computer, usually I listen to music and work on creative tasks.
  • 12:00 – 7:30am Sleep, wonderful sleep..
Tuesday is another day-off from full-time grog. Continuing with online work from home, I like to spend Tuesdays diligently pursuing any number of my ambitious goals. From a scheduling perspective, Tuesdays are virtually identical to Mondays, except that I usually accomplish more on Tuesdays because I am “in the groove,” so to speak. Plus, I generally stay up a little later on Tuesday because I don’t have to wake up so early on Wednesday..
On Wednesday, Lorelei (my daughter) stays home from preschool and I spend my third (and final) day home from work. Thus, the day is spent spending as much time with Lorelei as possible. Of course, being addicted to the Web, I tend to spend most of the morning online, but not always.. ;)
  • 7:30 – 9:00am Sleep in to at least 8:00 or 8:30! Then, crawl out of bed and have breakfast with Lorelei.
  • 9:00 – 11:30am Online business. Respond to emails, blog comments, etc. Post at Perishable Press.
  • 11:30 – 12:00pm Shower, shave, laundry, cleaning, etc. Prepare for a trip to the park..
  • 12:00 – 1:30pm Take Lorelei to the park, get lunch, go for a nice drive, one coffee and one milkshake ;)
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm Continue work for Monzilla Media: new sites, new content, networking, etc. Emails, comments.
  • 3:00 – 6:00pm Weekend wrap-up: site maintenance (check logs), read feeds (comments), and backup data.
  • 6:00 – 9:30pm With online biz wrapped up for the next few days, I spend the remainder of Wednesday relaxing.
  • 9:30 – 7:30am Sweet, sweet slumber..
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Thursday is my Monday. I begin my 40-hour week at work, working approximately four 10-hour shifts through Sunday. Often, I will stack a few hours from Sunday onto the other days, thus allowing me to leave early on Sunday. Either way, with such long days at work, my schedule from Thursday through Saturday is rather drab:
  • 5:30am Literally crawl out of bed, shower, and somehow make it to work.
  • 6:00am – 7:00pm-ish Work as a lab tech, occasionally taking advantage of opportunities to work online ;)
  • 7:30pm-ish – 9:30pm Go home, eat dinner, change clothes, prepare lunch, and go to bed.
  • 9:30 – 5:30am Sleepsville..
  • 5:30am ..wash, rinse, repeat ..Thursday, Friday, Saturday..
Sunday is transition day, when I shake off the residue of my offline job and prepare to dive back into my online empire (insert maniacal laughter here). If I stack hours as mentioned and manage to get out early, I spend the day as follows:
  • 5:30 – 9:00am-ish Finish with the ol’ 40-hour work week.
  • 9:00 – 10:00am Check emails, comments, and prepare computer for another round of online activity.
  • 10:00 – 1:00pm Bible study, church services, fellowship, et al.
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm Lunch with family, go to store, run errands, etc.
  • 3:00 – whenever I usually spend the remainder of Sunday just chilling. Movies, fun, that sort of thing..
  • whenever – 7:30am More sleep.. ;)

As you can imagine, things continue to move along at a rather brisk clip. Most often, I really can’t remember the previous week, as days, weeks, and months tend to merge together into sort of an amorphous glob of comfortable routine. As much as I loathe routine, I am quite happy with my current schedule. Although it is difficult for me to gauge whether or not I am actually making progress with all of my online endeavours, it is an absolutely fantastic ride that keeps me inspired to continue the groove..

Jeff Starr
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