zen and the art of the busted computer blog post at PumpjackPiddlewick

Near the end of June an ant got into my computer and the next thing I knew I did not have use of the A C F N and X keys. Not to mention a few numbers and symbols. Life on a busted computer ground to a snails pace. Emails became almost twitter posts in their shortness. Writing blog posts became a dream for the future.

And then I discovered ‘Time’

It started to dawn on me, as I spent less time on my computer (honestly way too much hassle), that I suddenly had more time. A lot, lot more time.

Whereas before I was pushing to get new items on to our Etsy shop, write up to 2 blog posts a week, including designing header and promotional artwork, and promote my way through social media. Suddenly… I couldn’t. Well, at least not without having my backside go numb with time spent sitting and trying to type.

Prioritising my time

The busted computer made me refocus my energies and reconsider my priorities. I had more time to spend with my love and our animals, as well as to garden, to walk, and, possibly most importantly, to think.

I realised in pursuing my entrepreneurial dream, I had been spreading myself to thin, trying to cover too many avenues, rather than focusing my energies where they (hopefully) counted. (See, this is where the zen bit comes in.)

I took the summer off

I decided not to buy a new computer, not yet anyway, and make do. Luckily I have two sets of numeric keys, so could cobble most of what I needed between them for numbers and symbols, though the euro symbol still eludes me.

Pumpjack, he who is rather geeky, set up an ‘onboard keyboard’, one I could see on screen and use my mouse to click on the letters I needed. It was rather like typing with one finger, only slower. So I learned to type, pause, add in the letter missing with my onscreen keyboard and then carry on. Yawn, but the odd email got out.

Zen and Fate get Married

Then at the end of August I was offered a not wanted computer, one that worked in all its glory. Obviously fate was deciding it was time I started blogging and working more online again. And, in my head and heart the timing felt right. I had had a lovely long holiday from the online community, one that recharged my imagination, took away the stress of self-imposed deadlines and generally made me happier.

I hope the freedoms I discovered stay with me, and I don’t fall back into ‘having to do’ because I think it must be done now. And just in case, I am keeping my busted computer as a reminder… and to watch Danger Man on Youtube. Luckily, as we watch it a lot, I only have to type D into the search screen and it comes up.

The Art of the Busted Computer or how to simplify your life at PumpjackPiddlewick
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