What are your online habits?

I arrived back home at around four o’clock yesterday afternoon and apart from going to bed last night, a doctors appointment earlier and a few trips to the toilet I have sat with my laptop on my knee ever since. Hubby has looked after the kids and cooked the dinner and I have just sat here.

You would have thought that I might have ploughed through my to do list, you would have thought I would have crossed loads of bits out but instead I have found myself procrastinating. I have opened and closed Facebook so many times today and twitter too. I have checked every email account I own, updated all my spreadsheets, paid bills that didn’t really need paying and just generally wasted time.

Some of my online catalogues released their Christmas items whilst I was on holiday last week so I was browsing through them to see what to get for the kids or for Hubby. I didn’t end up buying anything but must have wasted an accumulated three hours or so doing that.

Ok so I did put the finishing touches on my tombola and I scheduled some tweets about it for the next few days, I wrote a post about our holiday and fed our pet Poppet and gave some moshlings a wash (with no kids sat next to me) but the huge list of things I still need to do is staring at me and making me sad.

To procrastinate some more I decided to ask some blogger friends what they do online that wastes the most time and I was really surprised by the variety of the answers. Unfortunately it has only given me even more things to look at.

The Humour category on Pinterest. Complete time-sapper! – www.trouble-doubled.blogspot.co.uk

Online shopping www.mummymummymum.com

Youtube – I look for one thing and end up clicking from one video to the other for three hours in a row http://www.mummyalarm.co.uk

Twitter – http://www.oldersinglemum.com/

google news is a regular time waster for me! One thing leads to another and suddenly the morning is over and I’ve achieved nothing! www.keynko.com

Buzzfeed! http://mummyneversleeps.com

YouTubing Kittens on roller skates mammasaurus.co.uk

Facebook – www.redtedart.com and http://allyouneedisloveandcake.co.uk

It seems that Social Media has a huge part to play in peoples online habits, in a recent survey more than 4% of people admitted to having their careers damaged thanks to social media, with badly timed status updates and unflattering pictures leaving them in trouble with the boss. Maybe I should spend less time on Social Media and more time actually doing my work and getting through my to do list.

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