Tuesday, March 2, 2010

When Are You Off?

I am not a full-time entrepreneur.  I do it part-time, while maintaining part-time employment for a media company.  I almost never have a day off, unless I leave town.  Even then, it's hard to resist the pull of occasionally checking email or voicemail. 

A year ago I thought about buying an HTC touch phone, with a data package.  At the time, I only accessed the Internet when I was at a computer.  It looked like a great idea that I could check messages while in line at the store, or waiting in an office for an appointment.  My friend reminded me that once he bought his HTC, he lost privacy.  He has never had a day when someone didn't try to contact him.  If he wants down time, he has to turn his phone off, otherwise his email signal starts pinging.

I never bought that phone.  What do I do on my downtime?  Read.  Slowly savour tea.  Play guitar, or with the cats.  Chat with someone in line at the store.

Has your choice in technology affected your downtime?

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