detechifying update

Success:

No more tech “work” outside of the job. No more side projects. (Which part of me regrets, since side projects are a key to staying sharp and up-to-date.)

Fail:

Must reduce Twitter, Facebook, and social networks so far – optimize, but not remove completely.

Reading non-tech books… still slow.  Reading news/articles/blogs online is much more tempting, but isn’t that a junk diet?

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3 Responses

  1. I would suggest trying to set aside time to detechify. Eg. try one day (weekends would be the easiest) every week not to do tech “work.”

  2. i have to thank my daily commute for that. the lack of signals on the subway force me to read dead-tree publications one to two hours a day.

  3. What I find useful is to focus on the 3 C’s – Create, Connect, Consume. The reason technology becomes toxic is we only focus on Consume which is the easiest thing to do. If we just read and follow all the famous people on Twitter and Facebook then we won’t make any progress. If we just keep on connecting with people but not creating new things, we’ll have nothing to share.

    I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times that balance is the key. We all know that is easier said than done. But here’s a tip, just focus on one C per day. If you’re done with your C tasks but still have time, don’t be tempted to proceed with another C. Take a rest and just do it tomorrow.

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