A few years ago, you at one time or another may have had your computer go through a process called “defragging.” You might not have known what it was for, but someone either did it for you or explained to you how to simply tell your computer to do it.
The reason a computer needs to go through this process is that as it stores and deletes information on your hard drive, clusters of information can be stored in numerous places on the hard disk. This means that for you to access a program or a file, your computer is accessing the needed information from all over the hard disk. To better understand what this means imagine if you had the pages of a book randomly distributed around your house. You know where they are and in what order they should be read, but you still have to run all over the house to actually read the book. Obviously this is not a very efficient or productive way to do this.
When you tell your computer to “defrag,” it takes all of the clusters of information that are scattered on the hard disk and arranges them so that the files are together and so accessing them takes much less time and is more efficient. It is recommended that you “defrag” your computer from time to time as it is even possible for programs to not work or files to not be retrieved because the information has become so scattered.
As we head into the mid-semester break, might I suggest that like a computer we also take time to “defrag” our lives a little bit? During the school year we are extremely busy with many responsibilities and activities and we move along at high speeds, taking care of tasks, meeting deadlines, completing projects, and being involved in the frantic pace that is our modern world. In fact, if you take a little time to think about it, you might see that your life is very similar to a computer’s hard drive. How many books are around the house partially read? How many New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten but still could be accomplished? How many ideas of activities with the kids or time for yourself have been put on the back burner?
The thing is, much like a computer, you will not “defrag” all that has happened this semester by accident. It will not just happen on its own (well technically I guess with Windows 10 it now does, but that is beside the point). You have to be purposeful and make the decision to take the time to slow down, get away from your hectic pace, and spend some time defragging your life. For each person and family this will look very different but at some point this break take some time to “defrag” (restart that New Year’s Resolution, finish a few of those unfinished books, get to that project you’ve been thinking about). If you do I am confident you will come back a little more energized, work a little more efficiently, and be a little more ready for those last few busy months of the year.
Have a wonderful mid-semester break,