Blogger Kirby is trying something new for 2010. Actually, it's not entirely new — it's what he used to do, before blog feeds, Twitter, home video streaming and other ever-present distractions ate up his time. It's a Slow Media Diet.
With New Year's resolutions fresh on everyone's mind, some folks are looking at their laptops, smartphones and other devices and declaring a new day on distractions. Songster John Mayer asked fans to undertake a (goofily-named) "Digital Cleanse". It's not a total abstention from email, social media and information, but a fairly significant scaling back.
The Goodie Bag blog's own version of a "Slow Media Diet" has a few rules, but the core ideas are reduction for one month, than a reassessment after living with those parameters. In particular, Kirby wants to:
- Minimize computer use
- Minimize multitasking
- Personal email will be handled once per day in 30 minutes or less.
- Internet use for work purposes is okay but will be kept to a minimum.
How would you like to re-align your own distraction/actual work axis this new year? Share your own diet, cleanse or whatever you're calling it in the comments.