Without the addictive stimulation and distractions of digital life it feels like my brain grew three sizes.
And I returned to an empty inbox. (It filled up again immediately, but it sure looked good empty for that one minute)
For everyone who has asked for the autoreply message I used, here is the text for you to use/modify:
Subject line: It's 1989 and I'm on an EMAIL SABBATICAL [date 1] - [date 2]I also took the Twitter app off my phone. I shut off the email accounts on my phone and buried the app icon in a folder. I'm keeping it that way. My phone is now a phone/texting device. With a map on it. That takes pictures. We'll see how long I can last this way.
"In 1990 I got a Stanford email address that I shared with 2 other graduate students. And a CompuServe address of my very own. I haven't been off email since. I will be off email, blogs, twitter, and all other forms of digital communication until [Date]. I'm going back in time to 1989.
All emails received between [date] and [date] are being automatically deleted. I won't read them. If it's important, please email me again after [date], when I will be returning to the present day.
If you have a question about [all the stuff you do but have put someone else in charge of while you are offline], please contact [your designated contact person]"
All credit really goes to danah boyd, for her advice on how to do this.
I encourage you to give it a try.