Do you guys ever turn your computers off? Because, confession, I rarely, rarely hit the power off button on my Macbook. Hardly ever. Unless some sneaky software update forces me to, or a program mysteriously won't close no matter what curse words I hurl at it.
But it's kind of funny. I have my laptop on for weeks at a time, and simply close the monitor when I'm going to bed or leaving the house or something of the like. And, over time, the darn thing gets progressively slower. The Internet. Photoshop. Word. Applications hesitate before opening up, words hiccup a little, Google Chrome takes a second to freak out before it decides to do its job.
On the odd chance I power down my computer, I find that it works ten times faster when I turn it back on. Double-clicking, right-clicking, everything works like a dream. It's back to the honeymoon period for Macky and me for a day.
So why don't I do it more often? Why don't I click the button that says 'Shut Down' at the end of the day? Do the two minutes that it takes for the computer to power back on, really inconvenience me that much? Do I really need something from the Internet right this second? (No, because hello, phone.)
It's kind of the same thing when it comes to me. To say I am exhausted right now is the understatement of the century. I am so tired.
My sister and I returned stateside yesterday around noon, and my day consisted of a three-hour nap, waking up for a small snack, passing out again for another three hours, eating dinner with my eyes half closed, and then wiping out once more.
This year has been a year of dreams coming true. Oxford. Italy, England, France, Spain, Ireland, Scotland. Another wonderful quarter at Stanford. Los Angeles. New York. San Francisco. Washington DC. Houston. China. Planes and trains and buses and cars. An actual job. School. Getting ready to start the job hunt for real. Preparing for the GMAT. Thinking about future plans. Just. Everything.
So I'm hitting the power off button. Letting myself breathe for the rest of the week before it's 'power on' once again come Monday.
The rest of this week is going to consist of sleeping, with some breaks in between the naps for some major GSD (getting shit done) sessions before school starts. You know, finalizing class selections, turning in some last minute paperwork, finishing all 30 Rock episodes, ordering the foamiest mattress toppers of all mattress toppers, updating the resume, stuff like that.
Here's to the lofty goals, and the resting period we all need to get ourselves back on the goal-achieving path. Happy Hump Day!