I’m on an flight from Bucharest to London while writing this blog post, and I’m simply amazed on how productive I’ve been. In just a little bit over 3 hours, I managed to go through a few dozen emails, I cleaned up a folder that’s been in the back of my brain for the past 3 months, reviewed two lengthy agreements that I never had the courage to open before and did some high-level monthly planning for 2010. Oh, and I still have about 20 minutes left :).
While contemplating on why I’m usually this productive on airplanes, the obvious suddenly occured to me: I’m completely offline. Not just because I don’t have Skype, internet, phone, sms, but because my brain knows I don’t have them.
I believe there’s something magic about knowing that no-one, absolutely no-one can bother you. So I’ve decided to do a test, for the next two months. Every week, I’ll pick a day, and for at least 5 hours I will disconnect from any pottential interruptors: mobile, skype, email, IM, etc. I’m going to keep the internet on, though, as I find it rather difficult to work with no internet when you run an internet startup :).
I’ll track and measure everything, and in March I’ll get back to you with some metrics, thoughts and conclusions.
PS: If you try to get the hang of me and I’m nowhere to be found, it means I’m in the middle of my little experiment :). Wish me luck.