Okay, so I didn’t completely delete my email account. But I did delete it from my Kindle Fire. Along with Twitter and Facebook, too.
Going back to the Quality Versus Quantity post I wrote on Monday, I realized my life is driven by technology. And even more so, technology that connects me with work.
My phone allows me to check my emails, update social media, and even write a post if I want to.
My laptop and Mac have shortcuts to every email address, blog stat site, and project I run so every time I even open up the Internet, the ability to work is right there.
On top of that, we have Google TV which means that our television combines all of these aspects into a giant screen that blows up my blog to twice the size I’m used to viewing it at.
And at one point, until only a few days ago, my Kindle Fire had all of this, too. Which meant that every time I read a book, browsed the Internet, or used an app without turning the WiFi off- I’d get a notification about an email or a mention on Twitter, or be able to work with a few swipes of my finger tips.
Reading used to be one of those things that took me away from everything. I’d settle down with a good book (or in this case my Kindle), a cup of tea, and forget that anything else existed for even 30 minutes. But combining it with the ability to link me to everything I’m trying to get away from didn’t allow for that to happen. So eventually it just became a piece of work equipment to me. In my mind, I associated even attempting to read on it as being on call, waiting to work whenever that notification popped up. And I knew that wasn’t right. So I fixed it.
I deleted anything that could be linked back to my blog, my shop, or my other projects. No Twitter, no Facebook, no emails, no bookmarks – nothing. And then I settled down to read.
It brought me right back to where it used to, completing disappearing from the world if even for a few moments.
Such a simple thing was SO liberating and allowed me to reclaim something I used to love doing. It reminded me that unplugging from the daily responsibilities (work-related and not) is easy if you want it to be.
Maybe my phone is next.