I just had two weeks totally off. It’s crazy how this confers perspective.
I’ve always been a bit frantic, but email, IM and social media have dramatically exacerbated things. In fact, consta-checking was killing my productivity and draining my sanity.
So here’s what’s gonna go down (I’ll report back in 3 weeks to tell you the effects):
– I’m scheduling time for social media each day. They’ll be less instant reply stuff from me on Twitter.
– Likewise with email. It will be checked 3-4 times a day at set times.
– IM is awful and I try never to use it. It is the greatest miscommunication tool I’ve ever seen. But, now, when I do, it’ll be to say “I will email you” or “I will call you.” That’ll be it.
– I’m trying the same with blogging (that is, writing at set times) but this one I’ll be more flexible with.
Are you overwhelmed by the constant humming from your digital life? How do you manage this?