Repeat after me: I am not a Luddite. I possess and adore a plethora of devices- as befits anybody in this day and age, it seems. Recently, though I’ve had to wonder if they haven’t been causing as many problems as they solve. Dodgy sleep patterns leaving plenty of rest to be desired, a lack of inspiration and general, well, burn out. It’s not healthy and it’s certainly anything but productive…but how to break such an ugly cycle?
Rediscovering handwriting. This post started life in a Moleskine; that way, I spend less time squaring my eyes drafting, exercise my hand, and feel super virtuous for upholding a dying art, in theory if not practice. Obviously, this is not completely feasible for my academic work…so striking some sort of balance is (as always) essential.
There is also the slightly zany concept of “sleep hygiene”. I say zany because to me, it sounds as if it’s advocating we all sleep in the bath, and that’s generally a last resort for me. Still, if it does anything to beat insomnia (tranquilise it?), it might be worth a very dubious try.
Submerge oneself in reading– the counterpart to writing, I suppose. No, Twitter timelines don’t count. Magazines are probably cheating, too.
Get a damn hobby. All that excess nervous energy has to be expended somehow – through shopping, yoga – goodness, even crochet. Odds are that they’ll make you a more interesting person than your Klout score ever could.
The fact is, technology, especially the Internet, is an introvert’s dream, and as a result, it’s more than complicated to extricate oneself. This could be deemed as more of a “reminder to self” than anything else but, well, if enough of us flee Facebook for craftwork, that can surely be only a good thing?