I loved Mark Bittman's article I Need a Virtual Break in last Sunday's New York Times, although as a compulsive email-checker, blog-reader, and gadget-geek- I must confess that I'm not sure I'm up to the challenge of totally disconnecting.
This week, however, my email seems to have brought mostly bad news - from personnel issues to parking issues to a (rare) customer complaint to a request for a meeting during which an outstanding employee told me she was moving back east to take a job with the Queens Library and to be closer to family as she and her husband await the birth of their first child....I'm starting to dread that little envelope in the lower right corner of my screen.
Couple that with a house that is in chaos due to the unexpected opportunity to get our bedroom painted (we've been trying to find a painter for months...wouldn't you know that the first one willing to do a job that small happened to be free for two days right away!); a sore throat and splitting headache; a scheduling mix-up that took my husband and me to Culver City on the wrong day; and a desktop that is overflowing and I am ready to give Mr. Bittman's "secular Sabbath" a try.
I'm taking a day off on Friday, and a week off in mid-March and I'm going to do my best to get control of my technology addiction. I can't promise I'll swear off email completely, but I'm going to try to confine my checking to defined times.
Who knows, if I get really good at managing my technology habit I might achieve Tim Ferriss' nirvana of a 4-Hour Work Week ...I checked the book out of the library, now I just have to find time to read it!