September 15, 2009
Posted: 06:43 PM ET
Editor’s note: This is the latest in CNN.com’s ongoing “Tech Torture With Topher” video-blog series, in which we “torture” CNN.com staffer Topher Kohan by depriving him of a technological convenience for a week to see how he copes with it. This week, Topher must avoid all Web-based technology when he's outside of the office.
Day One is in the bag, and it went pretty well - except for the part Monday night where I had to briefly break the TTWT rules.
Until last night, I didn't realize how many times at home I just get up and go to the computer for no reason. I'd just sit in front of my computer and mindlessly surf the Web or log on to WoW and play - not because I really wanted to, but because it was there.
Several times last night I started for the computer, then caught myself and sat back down on the couch. I felt a little antsy - I didn't know quite what to do.
So instead I watched some TV and then read a book before I went to bed. Yeah, I was in bed and asleep a lot earlier than usual - not a bad thing, really. I could always use more sleep. Can't we all.
I confess: I did have to break the rules for half an hour last night because of the death of Patrick Swayze, which was big news on the Web. Because I'm the search-engine optimization guy for CNN.com, I sometimes have to do my job at all hours. Once I was done, though, I logged right off.
So far I'm noticing myself getting to work earlier and staying later to get stuff done I would have taken care of at home. But it's all good.
So what do you all think? Is this way too easy? Do you ever disconnect from the Web once in a while?
Let me know in the comments below or check out the conversation on Twitter (Topheratl). Thanks for reading!
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