I don't know if you've been feeling this lately....but I've been trying to cut down on my time spent on my laptop and iphone, with very little success. It seems everything I do revolves around my laptop (listening to music, writing and recording music, email is probably my main source of communication, and I find new inspiration from things I find on the internet). And yet, I know there is so much I can do without a laptop to keep me creatively inspired as well.
Yesterday, I was having lunch by myself. Something I actually enjoy doing from time to time. But I wasn't alone. My phone was sitting there, right next to my plate of tuna nicoise. I was pretty much having lunch with my phone. What was so important at that moment? Catching up on Instagram. I feel like if I don't check my Instagram everyday, I'm going to miss out on something really cool. Like finding an inspiring photo, or seeing what my friends have been up to. I'm sure some of you experience these feelings too? I never got into the whole Facebook thing, atleast not on my personal page. But Instagram has sort of become my Facebook.
And then I found this beautiful video about a little boy named Caine who built a whole entire arcade out of cardboard to pass his time at his Dad's autoshop. I was so moved by his imagination and creativity! It reminded me of when I was a kid. Before cell phones, before laptops. I used to get lost for hours at a time in my imaginary worlds.
Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.
When we lose electricity, it's annoying at first. But then when I realize that there's nothing I can do about it, I enjoy every last bit of it! Knowing that I have a valid "excuse" for not replying to emails or checking my phone eases the stress of thinking that I have to do it. Just like when I get sick, sometimes I absolutely revel in it, because it's a valid excuse for me to do nothing but sit in bed and watch movies and read. So why should I feel so "burdened" by technology when I am blessed with health and living in a place where technology is so easily available?
So now I am trying (and so far failing) to shut down my computer and iphone by 8pm. (!!!) Even thinking about it makes me tense a little. It's really really hard. My phone will stay locked in my purse next time I eat lunch solo -- or better yet, it'll stay in there with double locks on it when I'm eating with someone. I'm even going to try to make Sundays tech-free day. I'll call it "Old School Sunday". And yes, come Monday morning I'll have double the amount of emails waiting for me in my inbox. But atleast my eyes, my brain, my body, and my soul will have gotten a healing break for 1 day.
Do you feel the same about technology? Do you have any rules or rituals about how to take tech breaks?
P.S. Here are some interesting articles I wanted to share with you:
Hot Tips + Neat Tricks For The Everyday Gangster: great read for people who work from home. I really loved her tips on "canned responses" for gmail users, and clearing out your entire inbox so you have less input constantly in front of you when you open your email.
10 Tips For Keeping Tech In Check: This helpful blog post led me to Caine's Arcade, as well as....
...This book, which is on it's way! I'll let you know how it is.