I like the hipster approach, but sadly paper doesn't work for me in that it a) gets lost b) pens cramp my hand c) paper can't 'beep' at me to alert me about major appts. d) isn't back up every time I sync etc etc. Most of those are 'Toby-specific' issues. I've tried paper and is more useful for me in terms of outlining/initial idea capturing... maybe as I internalize GTD methodology more over time I'd be able to go paper, but every paper attempt in the past has been disastrous.
We used to have cell phones. Then we gave them up. (Now Esther has one again, actually).
TB: My wife uses hers, I regard mine as an imposition, and having a 2 year contract really, fundamentally annoys me. I think in June I'm going to cancel both phones, buy a pair of tracfones, and relegate cell phones to something we carry for emergency use only. I never use mine.
I briefly lived in a house with cable. Now our TV does not even receive broadcast signals, never mind cable or satellite (it is only used as a monitor for our VCR and a borrowed DVD player).
Yes, the greatest thing I did to regain time in my life was get rid of cable when we moved 2 years ago. We get NBC/PBS by antenna, so I watch some of that, but it's easy to announce there is nothing on and turn it off when there's only 2channels
Now I have a Dana without wireless connectivity (I considered the lack thereof to be a major advantage in my purchasing decision). No games or graphics programs. It can only be used for writing.
TB: I keep no games on my laptop as a general rule as well, but I have to admit, internet browsing does sometime get the better of me. But I always shake my head when people talk about how great their computer is for gaming. I get sidestepped by FreeCiv once or twice a year when I succumb to the temptation to download it on a weekend and play, but I always delete it later and spend 6 or so months regretting the time wasted on the laptop.
I used to have a fancy watch. Now I have no watch.
We used to live in a house with a broadband internet connection. Now we have dialup.
TB: tried that, wife wasn't happy, now have broadband again. May use VoIP to make cheap long distance calls with it so I feel I'm getting my money's worth...
I do have an iPod; though observing the trend, it seems I may soon replace it with a gramophone. Or whistling. (Or, at least, the iPod Shuffle).
TB: Heh. I like the shuffle and am considering one.
I liked your observations. I've done some of them, mostly the killing cable, b/c I view it as an imposition on my life and a distractance. People seem to regard me as 'hard core' but then wonder how I get so much read. Instead of watching late night I'm usually reading myself to sleep. Last night I read Seth Godin's Purple Cow. The night before the book was 'Mastery.' The side of my bed is littered with about 10-12 books I've finished and haven't shelved yet :-)