On September the 7th, I cut all my connections with the net, cold turkey. I had to stop, refrain from taking one more step before I knew exactly what I was getting into. I’m one of these people who have incredible drive. It’s a blessing, it has made me who I am today, but if you maintain drive without direction, it doesn’t take long before you lose your way.
The unplugging effect is instantaneous, suddenly the turbulence has stopped and you are in a soothing, easy flow. The first time I focused on something for three whole hours, with no notifications, emails, interesting links, nothing seeking my attention, it was as if I was reassembled.
My first shock was that my brain still thinks in tweets! Oh and boredom is hardly an issue, I used to need seventy hours to accomplish what I need to do that day, now it’s more like thirty.
This retreat is for 14 days, during which I should find my personal answers to life’s three cyber-philosophical questions (I’m reading Sophie’s World, and it’s getting to me). Ask yourself those exact same questions, think long and hard. Those three, every net geek should know the answer to, especially before web 3.0 dawns on us.
Let’s start with question number one…