Too Much of a Good Thing
Man! The new world of connectivity has created some crazy boundary issues. Do you find yourself getting sucked into checking your email even when you know you shouldn’t in case there’s a problem that needs solving and you can’t spend time solving it right now? I do. All the time. So in order to limit my own propensity to sidetrack myself every single day of the week I’ve invented a weekly solution for myself:
OK, right off the bat I have to come clean. I don’t intend for them to be entirely free of every single screen. I have a Sunday evening television habit I don’t care to break. But as far as my laptop, desktop and smartphone are concerned I am on Sabbatical every single Sunday!
You see, I spend a ton of time online. Because I get to work with awesome clients around the country with their own new media projects as well as my own promotions for my many creative projects I find myself checking in to Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, Blogs, web sites and other social networks and online interfaces every day. I log some significant chunks of time face to face with the internet or the work programs on my computers.
It is not unusual for me to be working on a shared document on Google Drive while monitoring several open chats with different people
It is not unusual for me to be working on a shared document on Google Drive while monitoring several open chats with different people and keeping abreast of the ongoing incoming communications in my email and other IM inlets. I. Am. Connected. It’s great fun and I love it but this high octane connectivity can deplete me. So yesterday I began trying something new. I went totally screen-free. Not once did I check:
- or anything else online.
In the morning I got the pang to check something, anything about every ten minutes but as the day progressed and I got more and more immersed in my projects at hand – I thought about checking in less and less. I was amazed to find out how much easier it was to focus in the art studio when checking in wasn’t an option. I had forgotten that.
Today when I reconnected I almost did so with hesitation. One thing this exercise has demonstrated is just how much I log in to various networks. Today I’m not doing too great not logging in a bunch – but I am now aware of how much I’m doing so. Of course in a lot of ways this is necessary behavior for someone who helps others connect, but in other ways it’s a good idea to stay on top of not letting it all get too addictive.
Creativity Needs Quiet
Creative flow needs uninterrupted reflective time to fully exert itself – even creativity unrelated to art but tied directly to things like client’s Business and Marketing Plans. I intend to do this every week. Every Sunday. I’ll let you know how it goes! Let me know if you get inundated with your own habits! I would love to discover I’m not alone in this.