Earlier this week, I calculated that I needed at least four-and-a-half hours of internet access a day just for my basic, no-frills working life. I managed to prove that handily later in the week, by losing my internet connection altogether.
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My hotel internet connection died completely earlier in the week, and it took two full days to get it restored. I briefly tried using roaming on my 3G Vodafone dongle, but that proved impractical both because of excessive cost and hideous unreliability. So I went to the other great traveller fallback: free Wi-Fi at McDonald’s.
While that helped me get essential tasks done, the opening hours at the nearest branch meant that I couldn’t get online early in the morning or late at night, which were the times I’d already scheduled for working while I was on the road this time around. The most I could manage was about three hours a day. That was enough to keep things ticking over, but made me painfully aware that I was leaving lots of tasks aside which I’ll have to catch up with next week. While I could do writing work without a connection (and did so), lots of things needed IP to work.
The world didn’t end because of my limited access, of course. However, it does make me want to take comments about the beneficial effects of having internet-free days with a much larger grain of salt. I found the lack of information much more stressful.
What’s your reaction when you can’t get the access you need? Share your coping strategies in the comments.