Back late last night from a brief trip to Chicago, where I visited Steve and Monica at the AWP and worked out (I hope!) the last details on a project with Ben McReynolds. I usually bring my laptop when I travel. But just before leaving, it occurred to me that the amount of downtime on this trip was so small that there was no point in carrying around the extra weight in my backpack all day.
At this point, I immediately started feeling anxious about not seeing my e-mail for two days. The anxiety was an even more powerful argument for not bringing my laptop. It’s important to stay sure you can quit any time you want.
I’ve now gone about 45 hours without looking at my e-mail, the longest stretch in quite some time. Is this unusual? What’s the longest you’ve been away from your e-mail in the past year?