Yep- I smashed my computer.
C’mon- don’t act like you’re never tempted to smash yours. Apps freeze up, internet slows to a snail’s pace…
Technology can be frustrating. I don’t blame you for wanting to smash your machine on occasion.
My story isn’t that sinister though. I accidentally smashed my laptop with a salt shaker while mindlessly trying to eat and work at the same time while paying attention to neither.
I’m surprised how much damage that shaker caused. It wasn’t a heavy hit- a “love-tap”, really.
Even so, my screen is totally screwed, rendering the whole machine damn near useless.
Am I upset about it?
I’m not in the mood to spend money repairing or replacing it- that’s for sure.
But there has been an upside.
All week long I’ve been doing other things. Non-computer things.
Honestly, it’s been (mostly) great.
I can still do much of what I need to do on my phone. And, with the laptop down, many of those tasks and projects I thought were so important, just disappeared off my radar as soon as that salt shaker hit my screen.
Did that stuff really need done after all?
Some of it, yes. But most if it- nope. Much of it is stuff that I’m pressuring myself to do, but really has no deadline.
It reminds me of those few times my phone crashed and I lost my precious to-do lists. After some initial panic and swearing, I suddenly felt freed.
Am I suggesting that you also smash your computer or throw your lists out? Not necessarily- you do what works for you. But for me, this has been a welcome little mini-vacation from my own goals, timelines and aspirations. It’s also been a reminder that some things really need to get done and some things really don’t.
I know the clock is ticking on how long I can get away with this, but I think I might push it to the last second.
And when I do get up and running again, maybe I’ll run a little slower on purpose.
Besides writing for Wise & Shine, Todd also host the magazine styled blog Five O’Clock Shadow. For Todd’s musical activities, visit http://www.toddfulginiti.com