“Your crops are withering”

It was a comment my wife made to me this past weekend and was, of course, in reference to Farmville that addictive game on Facebook.

At one point I had tried the game out, left it for a while, and then returned to it – like an addict getting a fresh taste after going through detox. I worked on my farm a lot. I was trying to compete with my wife, the amount of money on hand, the number of neighbors, the size of the farm, I think you get the picture. What I didn’t realize was what was going on.

“Your crops are withering.”

In game terms I hadn’t logged into the game in a few days and my latest round of crops had died – metaphorically speaking a lot more had died while I was off playing at running a farm.

I stopped logging in and posting on my blogs (all of them), I put off research I had been doing, I put off projects I had intended to start or continue work on, I even neglected items that others counted on me to deliver.

In short, “my crops were withering.”

Like so many things in life we don’t realize what we may be giving up or neglecting until we are struck down by lightning – in my case it was a simple statement which caused me to realize that I has put an awful lot on hold for the sake of a computer game (to all those WoW players out there, I now understand).

So what to do? First off I decided to cut back on farm time – not go cold turkey and completely leave the game as I do enjoy it but instead a scale back. I cut back on the high maintenance items and increase those that needed less tending but would still be beneficial. I’ve also “dusted off” my list of blog ideas and projects so that I can hopefully become a more productive member of society again.

So, are your crops withering? What are you going to do about it? Why not share in the comments.