An experiment in reclaiming my time
(REDACTED: adorable photo of my kid)
• 30 days: no mobile use around family
• Inbox zero & limited email checking at work
• Find little ways to have fun at work
Where to start?
“Happy New Year! As part of a productivity
experiment, I will only be checking email late
morning and early afternoon. If you have an
urgent matter, call me (gasp!) or walk over. ”
• 5th floor smelled delicious
• Two desktop email checks
• Listened to music
• Didn’t use/miss iPhone @home
• More attentive with kid
• Overall: felt fabulous
• 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 my phone
• Templates to common answers
Stuff you should read
How to do what you love
Harper Reed Goes a Week w/o Internet
GTD For Hackers
10 Resolutions Successful People Make & Keep
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.