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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/

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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Weekday Unplugging: A 30 Day Experiment in Reclaiming My Time

  1. 1. Weekday unplugging An 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 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. ”
  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 read How to do what you love http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html Harper Reed Goes a Week w/o Internet http://huff.to/U2GzD2 GTD For Hackers http://gtdfh.branchable.com/ 10 Resolutions Successful People Make & Keep http://onforb.es/VquF85 Inbox Zero http://inboxzero.com/articles/

Editor's Notes

  • 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.
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