*Note, for all you purists out there, this is a transcript of an audio diary I kept while detoxing. I was not blogging at the time.
12:15, Friday afternoon
I feel like I can’t get anything done. Now seems as a good a time as any to give this media diet a try. My plan is to stop using email, stop using my cell phone for... well, at least the rest of the day. We'll see how long I can last.
12:15:25 (Twenty Five seconds in)
Well, guess the first thing I have to do is quit my email. I'll just check it one more time. Couldn’t help it. Or I guess I could go offline and that way I won’t need to… wait a second How do you go offline? Hm.... Oh well, I’ll guess I'll just quit my mail. Email is shut down. Take that digital media!
Oops! Auto response. Can't forget that. I have to go and add an auto response to my email now
"Hi, thanks for the email. I’m on a media diet for a story. I’m here, just not checking email for as long as I can hold out. Hopefully 5 p.m. today But I do want to talk to you. So call me, but not on my cell; that’s out too. I’ll be at… thanks, Sally.”
I better open my email to check and make sure the auto responder is working.
Ok, let’s see how long I can last. It’s been… 5 minutes.
It’s 12:24, so it’s been 14 minutes, and I keep instinctively going to check my email, which is not on. Hm.... Don't think I'm doing I'm doing so well.
Just got off the phone with Mike Song, efficiency expert who writes about how to cope with email. Mike tells me I may start to feel something akin to panic that I'm missing out on on something important because we, as people, are genetically engineered to love, cherish and seek out new information. So far so good though. It’s been about 40 minutes, and although this does feel pretty weird, it also feels kind of good.
Feel like I’m on vacation.
I wonder if email is sort of like chocolate cake because I’m looking at that little icon on my desktop and I really, really want to click it, but I also know that this will not make me feel good later.
Starting to get paranoid. What am I missing? What if I’m miss an assignment? What if an expert I’ve been trying to get in touch with has emailed me and is too busy to call or just doesn't want to? Starting to get really freaked out. Don’t know if I’m going to make it all the way to 5 o’clock. Pretty sad. It's only been 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Just for the record I’d like to point out that not only am I refraining from email, I'm also staying clear of the internet. In case that wasn’t clear earlier. I’m sitting here at my desk, working on my computer, not using email or the internet.
Douglas told me he forwarded me an email from a potential expert I've been trying to talk to about another story. Clock is ticking. I need to get in touch with this guy. Guess I'll need to go into my email to get this person’s contact information. Sort of nervous about this, but has to be done. Here we go.