The widespread power outages on the East coast got me thinking about what I would do without power for a week. Beyond the obvious difficulties of controlling the temperature of my house and refrigerator, it seems like I might be more productive in a world without the distraction of TV and the internet. Even though there are a lot of days when I come home and don’t feel like doing any additional work, it seems that boredom might overcome laziness. Similarly, I might get more done around the house without the temptation of football games on Saturdays and Sundays. On the other hand, I’m not sure how much reading I could stand to do by candlelight, so the winter months when it gets dark by 5 pm might be a different type of challenge to my productivity.