In the vein of lifehacking, I’ve just spent a month news free. Specifically, that means no news on television, no Twitter, no Google Reader. If I were on Facebook, it would’ve meant no Facebook either. Oh hey you know what? It was a pleasure. You know what more? It was a pleasure from day 1. Okay I allowed myself to watch TV shows and listen to podcasts. And sure, there’s news there, but it’s not live and it’s digested.
So what happens when you go news free? Well the first couple of days when I meant to take a break from work, I’d go to my new tab page to click the Reader icon only to find it not there. Oh right, I’d remember: no Reader. So I’d take a walk through the office instead, talk to some co-workers, perhaps get myself a healthy snack. Did I mention I’m also off the sugar? I’m also off the sugar. It’s lifehacking month for me, and it’s really working out too. And that’s it. Without RSS or Twitter feeds to check, I’d do other stuff. Relax more, read more, do nothing, more. I’d look forward to specific podcasts (even though John Siracusa said “nucular” on the most recent one and immediately dropped from 11 to 10 points in my book).
The bottomline is, going news-free was pretty easy and very satisfying. In fact, while I do plan to tweet again and perhaps even open Google Reader once in a while, I’ll be unsubscribing many things. No offense, The Verge, but from now on I’ll only watch your show.