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Getting My Nose Back to the Grindstone

Having been away for a week in a land of limited connectivity (I managed to get one bar of signal by standing on a chair and holding my phone against a top corner of one room), I’ve been struggling to get back to my usual connected, geeky self.

Even only a few days off often forces me to go through the following steps to plug my brain back into the Matrix:

Sit down and switch on
Assume the slouching position; take hold of that foot-pedal-like thing that makes the little arrow move.
Check email
Delete countless messages from all those nice people who keep trying to sell me watches, prescription medicines and mortgages. Skim through remaining emails.
Read the news
Only 1278 unread articles in Bloglines to catch up with? No problem…
Reply to email
Get reacquainted with putting together coherent sentences in writing.
Blog about something
Ah yes, that site and the wacky HTML stuff look familiar.

Only then do I feel like I’m really back and able to start looking at ‘real work’. There’s definitely some serious rewiring going on inside my head when I switch between reading/coding/writing/designing and spending time offline relaxing/travelling/socialising.


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