I resolve to waste less time online
It’s new year’s day. I never make new year’s resolutions. But today I’ve finally taken a step I’ve been meaning to take for a while, and it happens to be Jan 1st, so there you go.
Over the last 2 months I’ve spent lots of time running around talking to people and not producing any code (or much of anything else).
I’ve also found it increasingly hard to get anything useful done (by useful I almost always mean “code”).
I’m going to try cutting myself off a little more. But I need to be online – to read docs, to receive/send some mail, to test code, etc.
I’ve just made some changes to my email setup. Now all my mail, with about 15 exceptions, will go into a separate file that I’m only going to look at once a day (more likely I’ll write a little program to send me a summary). If you’re one of the lucky 15 your mail will still go straight into my inbox and I’ll see it pretty quickly.
I get about 550-700 mails a day. 300-500 of them are spam and are caught as spam by my filters. But that still leaves hundreds of mails a day that pop up in my mailbox all the time.
Quite a lot of those are from mailing lists and some spam that slips through. Of the rest, from actual people, hardly any need to be read or replied to straight away. So I’m going to file them out of sight and read them once in a while. If I remember.
I’m planning another blog post on my email setup. It’s heavily customized. That’s good and it’s also why I figure I’ll probably never switch to another email setup – the bar is just too high and too personalized.
I’m also planning to blog less, to twitter less, to stop reading RSS streams, etc. If I don’t I’m going to turn into one of those trendy knowledgeable tech people who generate a lot of hot air and not much else. I don’t want to be like that.