The other night I came home from work to find my laptop displaying some sort of “error Windows recovery your computer exploded” message. After working with it throughout the evening, I realized that the hard drive is likely cooked – which makes sense, considering its age. I have backups of the most important things, and the drive might be salvageable through some external recovery efforts, but the computer is otherwise dead to me. DEAD to me, I tells ya!
So, of course, the first thing I do is go online and start looking for a new machine… but then an idea struck me – what if I don’t get one? I still have a desktop in another room (so, no worries about losing access to your weekly dose of Out of the Box.. because I know you were very concerned), but I started contemplating not having a computer in my room at all. This is where I spend the majority of my time when I’m home, and I’ve had a computer in there with me since ~2000. That’s why they say that I’m King the Internet… because my bedroom computer is usually on, and I’m usually right next to it. Needless to say, this situation sucks away a lot of my time by allowing easy access to idle distraction. Times are different now, though… I communicate with my friends through my smart-phone (phone calls, text messages, Facebook, the Snapchats), and even if I wanted to maintain my chat presence, there are mobile applications for that, too (Google Talk and AIM). So, because I LOVE me some experiments, I decided to hold off on buying a new computer.
Ironically, I have a few days left in my two online classes, so I’ve HAD to spend the last couple of days glued to my other-room desktop, but otherwise I’m really interested in seeing how much more productive I can be without such convenient computer access in my dominant living space. I bought a Linux notebook about a year go, intent on using it for my creative writing endeavors… but I never made use of it. With no computer in my room that I “need to get to,” though, perhaps I can finally start doing a little bit of writing every day… on a computer that offers no other real distractions. It’s funny, too, because just the other week I started making a concentrated effort on being more efficient with my time (started setting a timer for homework assignments, to keep me on task) – and what’s more efficient than removing the main base of distraction? Heck, there were times when I was going to go use the bathroom, but paused because a friend sent me an IM, and even though I could unplug my laptop and turn on the wi-fi connection, I didn’t bother. Did you hear me?? Sometimes I didn’t even POOP because I was distracted by my computer! That is madness!!
I still do have use for a computer, of course, so it’s not quite like I’m experimenting with no longer using a bed. Since my “work” desktop (what I use for video, graphics, web-design, and Out of the Box goodness) is also getting quite old, I’m going to see if I can buy myself a nice, new desktop PC come back-to-school sale time… whittle myself down to one computer. Putting a computer back in my room might seem antithetical to everything I’ve just been talking about wanting to achieve, but I only have a standing desk in my room, now, so that lack of easy comfort kinda cuts down on my ability to lounge around with it. What I’m HOPING is that I can get into a decent habit of work-efficiency in the next 1.5 months until then, so that when I do get a new machine, it’ll just complement my workflow.
We shall see…