Your Boot-Up Cycle
As I was getting ready to write this, something bothered me, and for a moment I couldn't remember what other task I needed to accomplish first. Then it hit me -- why, I hadn't Twittered yet, and it was silly not to throw in my $.02 worth on that site when it would take so little time and effort.
Once I had done so, I further realized that I might as well update my Facebook status. And then I could turn my attention to this blog... which has led me to this entry about all the digital duties I find myself compelled to perform at the start of each day.
The task list varies depending on whether I'm at home or at the office. At home, the routine runs something like this:
1) Wake computer from sleep;
2) Scan new e-mail in my home and work accounts;
3) Look over RSS headlines;
4) Read Twitter and Facebook, often updating each (that's less likely on weekends);
5) On workdays, log into the Post's instant-messaging system;
6) On workdays, log into our blogging software to see what comments have trickled in overnight and junk any comment spam that got past the filter.
At work, I first have to login to my computer -- always before I check my voicemail, since the time this PC takes to rev up leaves me with nothing else to do for a minute or so. And I can set aside Facebook, since I usually check that from home before heading into the office.
Oh, and there's also coffee involved. Lots of coffee.
The digital to-do list I would have had six years ago probably would have been about as long, but with different items. I didn't have any social networking sites to distract me, but without RSS I had to skim a few different tech-news sites and hope they hadn't missed anything.
I've now been in this particular routine -- or is it a rut? -- for long enough that I'm due to reevaluate what sites and services should be part of my personal boot-up cycle. You can help: What are the first things you take care of on your computer each day?
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