Yes, the 18-hour workday is the curse of the author
and the independent freelancer. Sure we can take breaks as we wish but
in order to keep things moving forward on impossible deadlines we must
be tethered to technology — the web and our email — for research and
survival all day long.
My BlackBerry goes everywhere with me — even on my bed stand
— and during the day it sometimes even shows me my email before my
desktop by a minute or two or three or four — so I can read it on my
BlackBerry first, think about a reply and then Zingo! type my reply on
the computer keyboard within seconds of the email touching my Inbox.
When I’m out and about the BlackBerry becomes the Lifeline in every imaginable way. It’s fantastic! Or is it a curse?
There’s no such thing as “turning off” anymore.
Does technology rule or ruin your life?
How many hours a day do you spend touching a computer?
How many hours a day is your computer turned on and connected to the
Internet even if you aren’t actively interacting with the web?
How often does your email program check for new mail?
Are you ever truly able to “turn off” and disconnect your life from the
Internet ether or is you mind always connected and wondering what’s out
there and what’s waiting for you?