Hitting the Reset Button after an Info-Free Vacation

by on May 27, 2008 · 21 comments

Could you make it through an entire 5-day vacation without the Internet, blogs, e-mail and your other daily informational inputs? Well, I almost did it. Why would I do that? Two reasons. First, a few months ago I read a random blog post in which someone deep within the comments to the entry said he couldn’t live even 1 day without their daily info-fix. And so I wondered if I could for a few days. Second, my wife and kids have been begging me to stay off the computer when we go on vacations! So, I decided to give it a shot and not only stay off the Net, blogs and e-mail for 5 days, but also steer clear of even traditional information sources, namely newspapers and magazines.

Oh man, it hurt. I felt like a junkie going into detox. Withdrawal symptoms were immediate. I awoke with the nagging need to check my RSS feeds on Bloglines, check out the TLF, and flip through my e-mails. Even worse was the absence of my beloved Wall Street Journal. It was everything I could do not to pick one up each morning at a local Waffle House or Denny’s while I was on the road. But I denied myself these pleasures and stuck to the plan, with the exception of a few moments when I cheated and checked a few work e-mails on my cell phone.

Anyway, when I returned, it was like trying to figure out how to deal with an information overload apocalypse. Over on my Bloglines account, just under 400 new blog posts were waiting for me from the 75+ blogs I monitor daily. On my work e-mail, I had well over 500 messages, not including spam. My Yahoo e-mail account had another 100+. My GMail account had dozens more. There we also plenty of voice mails at work and home. And when I got back to my house, I had a stack of Wall Street Journals, Washington Posts and the Sunday New York Times waiting for me. And several magazines in the mail.

Where to even begin? How does one catch up? Well, I’m not sure I’m gunna. I’m thinking about just ignoring all of it and hitting the reset button. I’ve already thrown away all the newspapers. And I have been bulk deleting most of my e-mails on all 3 accounts. And I’m still not sure when and if I’ll be able to catch up with those RSS feeds, but I would really feel like I was missing something if I just ignored them all.

Sometimes life in an Age of Abundance is a bitch!

  • http://www.kevindonovan.org Kevin Donovan

    I’ve found that taking 15 minutes per vacation day is not a detriment to family time and avoids the feeling of drowning when you return — I power through my feeds and star ones I want to return to. Delete emails I don’t want and plan to return to necessary ones when I get back.

  • http://www.blurringborders.com kdonovan11

    I’ve found that taking 15 minutes per vacation day is not a detriment to family time and avoids the feeling of drowning when you return — I power through my feeds and star ones I want to return to. Delete emails I don’t want and plan to return to necessary ones when I get back.

  • Jim Harper

    We enjoyed your vacation too, Adam. Take more!

  • Jim Harper

    We enjoyed your vacation too, Adam. Take more!

  • andyinsdca

    When I went on vacation and didn’t have access to email or whatever for more than a couple of days, I usually just deleted en masse everything that came in, except for emails from my bank/billpay. I’d go thru the snail mail, trash EVERYTHING except bills, etc. Not once have I gotten stung doing this.

    Also, you need to discover a thing called “Vacation Hold” for your newspapers!

  • andyinsdca

    When I went on vacation and didn’t have access to email or whatever for more than a couple of days, I usually just deleted en masse everything that came in, except for emails from my bank/billpay. I’d go thru the snail mail, trash EVERYTHING except bills, etc. Not once have I gotten stung doing this.

    Also, you need to discover a thing called “Vacation Hold” for your newspapers!

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    well info free did not work for me damn blackberry should have left it at home

  • Castro

    I thought that i cannot do a vacation without internet, blogs etc..But now this post changes my mindset..
    Cruise vacation

  • Castro

    I thought that i cannot do a vacation without internet, blogs etc..But now this post changes my mindset..
    Cruise vacation

  • Castro

    I thought that i cannot do a vacation without internet, blogs etc..But now this post changes my mindset..
    Cruise vacation

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