I actually took the whole weekend off from email and work. It is something I haven’t done in a very long time and it actually felt pretty good. I stayed on email all day Friday and did my last check around 6 PM, then just packed it in for the weekend. I moved my personal email account out of Apple Mail — so it wouldn’t get mashed up with work … that let me send a couple of personal emails without getting in the middle of what is typically an avalanche of stuff coming my way over the weekend. I did this to spend more real time with the family and to stem the inevitable Friday evening email that makes my weekend taste sour. It was worth it.
The damage was reveled this morning around 6:30 AM when I opened it back up … about 85 work emails and a handful of others from a couple of various accounts. Once I killed the spam and the unrelated stuff there were honestly only about 20 actionable notes … my wife asked me if the state of educational technology had fallen since I logged off on Friday. Cute. Obviously it hadn’t. What did I miss? A few things that I probably should have been connected to, but at the end of the day it was all stuff that could wait.
My question to anyone reading is how you deal with down time — weekends, holidays, etc? Do you go off the grid when the work day is over? I’m not sure I can pull it off every weekend, but it is an excellent exercise every now and then.