January 1, 2010

New Year…New Decade

I mine as well start it off and make it interesting.

Ever since reading Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Work Week, I have wanted to go on a “data/information” diet. No social media, no gossip rags, and reduced email usage. However, I just never found the right time to do it. Well, now seems as good a time as any.

My latest interest was peaked by an article in TechCrunch on John Mayer. John has invited his social media followers to join on a data cleanse to “defragment” your brain. Here are the guidelines laid down from John’s blog:

*email only from laptop or desktop computers

*cell phones can only be used to make calls, and no text messages or e-mails are allowed – if you receive a text, you must reply in voice over the phone. E-mails must be returned from a laptop or desktop computer.

*no use of Twitter or any other social networking site – this includes reading as well as posting.

*no visiting of any entertainment or gossip sites. (No need to detail which ones – you know what they are.)

Hmmmm…This should be interesting.

My plan is to keep a written journal of each day and blog about it upon returning to the “digital world”. I can tell you it won’t be easy. The last time I was without my smartphone for more than 8 hrs (besides sleeping) caused some serious withdrawls.

In preparation for tomorrow’s events, I have done a full factory reset of my smartphone, a motorola droid. No email accounts are configured except for synching my contacts (for phone calls) and calendars. No fancy apps to waste my time; no checking my emails as soon as they come in. The only time I will be checking my mail is when I’m around a computer.

Wish me luck and see you in a week!


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