Sometimes it's a bit challenging to be an extrovert and a homeschool mom. I know that for me, the desire for connection and to "talk" with other adults and get that feedback is one thing that lures me to the internet. Talking on the phone is simply too challenging some days (though I do it maybe once or twice a month), but it's pretty easy to connect with friends, especially fellow homeschool moms, by hopping on facebook, google chat or the mothering message board where I've been active for many years.
I found today that though I stayed off the computer, I did check in on Facebook on my phone a few more times than I did yesterday. Even though I did not abide perfectly by my own guidelines, it is good for me to think about what I'm really missing most.
Also, I think that taking a 9-5 break works better for me than 9-6 pm... I really enjoy having my computer or Kindle handy while I'm working in the kitchen, to listen to a podcast, catch up on the news, respond to emails. Multi-tasking at its' best! Also by that point in the day I am getting to the "done" point, and it's helpful to have a bit of a distraction in the midst of doing more mundane things. I know that listening to a book on tape would be a great choice during that time, too, but sometimes I need more of a "tidbit" than something that requires more focused attention.
I was very excited when I ran into an acquantaince from church when I took the girls ice skating. I haven't had many chances to chat with her, so that was fun. And she introduced me to another really nice lady. I do think that not really "talking" much to anyone otherwise during the day helped me appreciate that chance to chat a bit more!