Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Unplugging in a Smaller Way (but don't belittle it!)

So spring is in the air around here. The mountains of snow are melted and kids arrive home demanding food without even coming in the front door and then go slop in the mud for hours. Not only has that behavior sprouted anew but I have COWORKERS. You would think the chatting and socializing and the extra work these folks create (by way of critiques and problem solving and assigned posts: Heather Kelly is simultaneously posting on UNPLUGGAGE PHENOMENA) would be taking up more of my time and I would be LESS productive. But that is not the case, the surprising thing is the opposite is true. I have been making unheard of progress on my revision. I have the sketch up all ready for my new wip. I have a whole new blog (Wibbage) that I have been posting on regularly and I still find the time to hang out on chat and feed the children. I don't think the children have suffered, neither has the laundry or summer camp schedule planning (gosh, it is only March still!).

All you need is:
1) Unpluggage. It works like this: Heather and I (and Jonathon when he is plugged in, ironically) schedule an hour (sometimes, if we get to it early, we even round up to longer) meet on chat at the beginning. Essentially to type "Ready, set, go!" and then we unplug. I sign out of google altogether. I have seen it done where you just put up the red light, but, for me, I don't need my inbox to be so easy to check.

2) Someone you trust that is prepared to meet you at the other end of above mentioned hour.

3) The sure knowledge that if you have gone 30 minutes, not checking email, than you can surely wait thirty minutes more.

4) When the whole hour is up, a coworker prepared to ask: "So? How did it go?" And then, you take stock. Typing an explanation of what happened, even if it didn't go exactly as expected, you write something down in the little chat box and somehow taking count of those hours one at a time gives them more clout. And aren't we all looking for more bang, because there sure aren't no bucks?!

I am preparing a practice room, a doorway from here to a space where we convene. There we will meet, check in, then separate to do exactly the thing that brings us all together. Let's practice our writing. Do you think you could do it? And would you be willing to try?