Weekday unpluggingAn experiment in reclaiming my time            @javaun
(REDACTED: adorable photo of my kid)
The Plan• 30 days: no mobile use around family• Inbox zero & limited email checking at work• Find little ways to have fun ...
Where to start?
Away Message“Happy New Year! As part of a productivityexperiment, I will only be checking email latemorning and early afte...
WINS•   5th floor smelled delicious•   Two desktop email checks•   Listened to music•   Didn’t use/miss iPhone @home•   Mo...
FAILS•   Twitter, etc. are a risk•   Bothered my cubemates more•   Relapsed after bedtime•   Game didn’t work out
Other Ways to Kill Email•   Unsubscribe of the Day•   If an email is too long, ask for a summary•   Remove work email from...
Stuff you should readHow to do what you lovehttp://www.paulgraham.com/love.htmlHarper Reed Goes a Week w/o Internethttp://...
Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time
Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time
Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time
Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time
Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time
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Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time

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This is a presentation I gave during an internal NPR hackathon -- Serendipity Day -- on which I kicked off a 30 day experiment to limit email and avoid using my mobile phone around my family. I blogged it here: http://javaunmoradi.com/blog/2013/02/04/30-days-to-tame-email-mobile-distractions-and-live-in-the-present/

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  • I needed to unplug during the holiday, I ended up working the whole time.
  • This is the heart of the problem. I need to put my phone down and work on being there when I’m there. This is at a villa in the Italian Piedmont! I barely even had internet connectivity – you had to sit in that chair to get it from next door.
  • My daughter notices. I was working on Xmas eve and she showed me her computer.
  • Before making a clean break, you should always get a haircut. So I did.
  • Next, let’s nuke all my email but the stuff from December 1 onward.
  • First thing I did yesterday was bake some cubicle bread, because bread is delicious, and I didn’t give up carbs.
  • FAILS – there will always be boondoggle time. I could’ve done better.
  • Join me! I can’t do this alone. Also: anyone want to play a game after the restrospective? We’ll do it in the hall.
  • Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time

    1. 1. Weekday unpluggingAn experiment in reclaiming my time @javaun
    2. 2. (REDACTED: adorable photo of my kid)
    3. 3. The Plan• 30 days: no mobile use around family• Inbox zero & limited email checking at work• Find little ways to have fun at work
    4. 4. Where to start?
    5. 5. Away Message“Happy New Year! As part of a productivityexperiment, I will only be checking email latemorning and early afternoon. If you have anurgent matter, call me (gasp!) or walk over. ”
    6. 6. WINS• 5th floor smelled delicious• Two desktop email checks• Listened to music• Didn’t use/miss iPhone @home• More attentive with kid• Overall: felt fabulous
    7. 7. FAILS• Twitter, etc. are a risk• Bothered my cubemates more• Relapsed after bedtime• Game didn’t work out
    8. 8. Other Ways to Kill Email• Unsubscribe of the Day• If an email is too long, ask for a summary• Remove work email from my phone• Templates to common answers
    9. 9. Stuff you should readHow to do what you lovehttp://www.paulgraham.com/love.htmlHarper Reed Goes a Week w/o Internethttp://huff.to/U2GzD2GTD For Hackershttp://gtdfh.branchable.com/10 Resolutions Successful People Make & Keephttp://onforb.es/VquF85Inbox Zerohttp://inboxzero.com/articles/

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