Friday, August 27, 2010

Trying for some "third-day syndrome"

Have you ever pressed the refresh button on an email program over and over again, because you're bored or don't want to face a difficult task?  I certainly have.  When I heard Matt Richtel on Fresh Air this week, I found out that I'm in good company.

According to Matt, when you get that notification of a new email, text or whatever you get a little drop of dopamine.  It's addictive and when you're not getting that notification, you get bored.  Terry Gross commented that she goes to email to wake her up.  (Done that too.)

Matt also wrote in the NY Times about a group of neuroscientists who agreed to go on a "primitive" trip, free of digital devices.  By the third day, everyone was more relaxed.  Emails that were important before the trip were unimportant, even "silly".  Ideas and debate were flowing.

Here are some ideas for breaking the addiction:

(1) A getaway:

Steve and I have a trip planned to Delta Lodge in Chequamegon National Forest in Northern Wisconsin along with a visit to Southern Wisconsin for family time and the USGP Planet Bike Cup.

Delta Lodge, Iron River, WI

(2) Exercise

Cedar Glades, Hot Springs, AR

(3) Meditation

If you're new to meditation, you might find this book helpful.  Seriously, everyone can find 8 minutes in their day to rest their minds.

For something more challenging:

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