I’m currently away from the office for a couple of weeks – primarily for a few meetings and speaking engagements in the USA.
In an effort to get a few projects that have been sitting on my to-do and would-like-to lists completed, I am trying something I’ve never done before…
.. disconnecting from the grid.
Well, the best I can anyway.
I decided to leave a week prior to any locked in commitments to lock myself away, remove as many distractions as possible and just work on ‘shipping’ some ideas & projects.
My rules are pretty simple:
Keep my mobile phone turned off for the entire week, and limit send/receive of email to twice a day only.
It’s only been 36 hours and what I have to report is
For someone who has lived his daily life by checking email at least 48 times a day (and that’s under- exaggeration) this is tough – real though.
I have broken the email rule a couple of time already …
Firstly, I disabled the automatic send/receive in my mac mail to stop the inbox filling up and pulling my attention … but like any good addict I found myself getting my hit due that nasty enabler – the ‘Get Mail’ button in the toolbar.
So what does one junkie have to do to get clean – remove the enabler, and thus that has button is deleted…
I understand the email is not crack or acid, but if the withdrawals that are physically manifesting themselves in my body and mind in the form of stress, anxiousness and worry that I will be late to an online party, are anything like real drug addiction, I’d be in real trouble is I was a user.
Even with the small rule breaks, it has been a successful experiment in it’s first 36 hours.
I’v gotten my inbox down from over 160 emails to around 40 right now, and made some solid progress on a few projects.
There are still 5 more days left, and I hope as I progress the anxiousness will die down, projects will get complete, and I can come out the other side a little less depended on ‘being connected”
I can only begin to imagine what true alcohol + drug addiction does to a person and their family … and hope our society can continue to offer better support programs to these people.