Disconnected – Channels Of Communication

A few weeks ago I started feeling a little over whelmed by the volume of interest in what I was up to. After reading a chapter from Tim Ferris’ book, I decided to disconnect. It was the most effective advice I could have ever received. I went cold turkey. I turned off my phone and put it in a drawer. I completely stopped checking my email, and wouldn’t allow myself to "surf" the net.

The result after a couple of weeks, I feel liberated… and refreshed!

The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferris

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The first couple of days were hard, I had the itch. I kept wondering… "what if an emergency happens and someone needs to get a hold of me?" There was no emergency, and the best part no shackles. When I finally checked my email, I spent 5 minutes scanning the email that seemed to contain "information" that was important to me. It was amazing how much "noise" I was able to filter out. This is something that Tim describes as a "Low Information Diet."

I’m toying with the idea of completely disconnecting my phone and I’m currently checking my email once a week (Mondays).

I looked back at a post that made remarkable difference to me when I first read it last year. It was JP’s tips on becoming a more effective developer. In it he told us to limit the amount of instant messaging that we do during the day. Today I feel that instant messaging has been replaced by mailing lists, twitter, texting and RSS feeds. All of this can consume a good portion of your day, and for me causes me to lose focus, quickly. It’s important to be selective about what information is important to keep you focused and to filter out what can wait.

I’m not saying this is for everyone, but the Low Information Diet is working for me, and my daughter is loving the extra focused attention she gets from her daddy (likewise for her daddy).

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mO, is just a kid who's excited about writing software. He's a student of his profession, and just wants to share his thoughts on software development.
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4 Responses to Disconnected – Channels Of Communication

  1. Christina Meridth says:

    I think this is an important thing for anyone in today’s world to learn not just programmers although from what I have seen in the programming world it is really easy to get info overload. There is so much out there to learn and see. And in order to stay ahead of the curve you need to spend hours researching and talking with others about this new technology. Before you know it you look at the clock and realize you have been sitting in front of the computer for the 10th hour straight in the same chones you were wearing yesterday…and possibly the day before if it is a weekend.
    As the wife of a programmer I can attest to how easy it is to get sucked into “TechieLand” where you can lose hours of time without even realizing it. But in the techie industry I think that it can become necessary to a point to have that research time. The industry changes so quickly and in order to stay with the curve let alone ahead of it you need that time. Although I think it is important for anyone in any industry to have balance in their work and home lives it can be difficult to manage. And inventions such as the IPhone make it impossible to resist logging in 24 hours a day. Jason’ll kill me for saying this but when he got the IPhone there were times that I would see the soft glowing light of the Twitter page from his side of the bed. So I guess what I am saying although I rambled a bit. Balance is good if you can find it. Although if they want the book to be truly effective and read by those who need it most they would put it in an ebook. Just my opinion. :) By the way welcome Mo.

  2. What my wife is trying to say, is I need to read the book and work on balancing this out. LOL.

  3. mO says:

    It happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just need a friendly reminder of what’s important.

    Thanks for the kind comments!

  4. Ray Houston says:

    @Mo – For the past month or so (maybe it’s been two), I’ve cut down quite a bit on the amount of time that I’m plugged in. I’ve pretty much quit IMing during the day and only check emails occasionally. Once a week I’ll check twitter, but then realize that I’m not really missing anything and close it down (Chad called me wanting to know if I was still alive). I too feel refreshed and liberated. I plan to plug a little more than I’m doing now, but I’m not ready yet. It’s like being on vacation!