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Plugging back in

I took a week off before starting my new job and I decided it would be a good time to try a little experiment.  I decided to unplug myself from my computer.

Since last Friday, I did the following:

  • Stayed off instant messengers (no Googletalk or MSN)
  • Limited checking email to once a day
  • Twittered maximum once a day
  • Ignored my RSS feeds completely
  • Posted no blog updates

Basically I kept my computer time up to a maximum of 10 minutes per day for an entire week.  I initially started out by traveling to visit my parents and not opening my laptop at all (even though I took it with me).  When I got home, I resisted the urge to setup my laptop (it stayed in its bag until this morning).  By forcing myself to use my aging desktop, I was able to limit my computer time significantly.

At first I thought I would go nuts not checking my email/twitter/RSS/IMs, but after 2 days I found the whole experience to be quite liberating.

So what did I do during this week of no computer time?  I read a few good books, played some xbox, got LASIK, and spent quality time with family.

Now I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but I had to prove to myself that if the Internet was to suddenly go dark, I could still maintain my sanity :)


2 responses to “Plugging back in

  1. Haacked June 9, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    A risky move. Glad to see you retained your sanity.

  2. Karthik Hariharan June 9, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I may not actually have my sanity…five minutes after posting this I burned the tea left on my stove because I was too busy catching up on my RSS feeds.  Doh!

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