Well, that was interesting at least. 44 hours without using my laptop for a single thing, and more specifically without using the internet – I was tempted by the facebook application on my phone for a minute, but I didn’t use it.
I found that I was thinking about checking my email and forums a fair amount, but when I remembered that I wasn’t doing that at the moment, I just shrugged and moved on. I have knitted several rows of my jumper and dug out a colouring book which I used as a reward for every revision flash-card I made. It was a much more effective way of motivating myself to study, because I only spent about five minutes away from my work instead of the hour or two hours I would take as an internet break. So I think I shall try to use non-computer things as a break mid-work in future.
I opened my email programme to discover I had 27 new emails, which in 44 hours isn’t all that many really. I often get that many in 12 hours, when it’s the height of a new term and people are not buried in exams. Most of them were junk anyway, which confirms the fact that I don’t need to check every hour in case something important has come up.
Because I was already in the mood for some social isolation, I also switched off my phone and put it in a drawer for 24 hours. I only got one message, and no one called me, which is fairly standard, but the symbolism of putting it away meant I didn’t keep checking just in case: a useful reminder that the world gets on just fine without me.
The one thing that did bug me was that there were three or four times when I wanted to contact someone, or look something up, and I couldn’t. I need to send three different emails today and I wanted to check a couple of opening times, but none of those things were urgent or essential either.
Forty-four hours is not really a long time. Forty-four hours which were spent almost entirely in my own room, alone, with nothing to do except work felt like quite a long time, but they were more productive hours without my computer. Which is what I expected, really. I just hadn’t anticipated that it would be so easy.