Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Being disconnected is something I'm not particularly good at...

"Lo-fi time, I call it. And it’s about blocking off time for sitting still and letting your mind wander. Or going for walks without necessarily trying to get anywhere. I very rarely take my Macbook to cafes anymore and sometimes I conveniently “forget” my phone at home. Even though most of my own work ends up living digitally, there are plenty of things to do that don’t require a computer."
Jack Cheng :: in praise of lo-fi

Another great and challenging post from Jack Cheng... his point being that we need to switch off so we can recharge & get the inspiration we need.

Being disconnected is something I'm not particularly good at... and this challenges me to see how I do what I do differently. I love my commute... and I love the time I spend alone in Starbucks (as well as the time I spend there with friends). Thing is... my iPhone and Twitter tend to be there alongside me... I struggle to disconnect almost as much as I struggle to be still.

The thing is... we need to be still... and we need to dream. Maybe we should leave our phones/iPods etc at home once in a while?

What do you think?

4 comments:

gurdonark said...

I'm a big believer in disconnecting for family time,for a solitary hike, or for a good, long book.

Anonymous said...

I'm off my mobile phone for Lent and I have surprised myself with how well I can survive without it - it's strangely liberating and I've discovered how much meaningless nonsense I used to text backwards and forwards with people. Made communication much more meaningful and I'm glad I'm not using it for the next few weeks either :)

Angus Mathie said...

When we recall the text is, Be still and know (that I am God) we can realize that if we don't do the first we are unlikely to experience the second. Our Saviour is our great example.

Stewart said...

I'm pretty sure there is a word for this kind of thing... Something like Sabbath! I'm like you. I find disconnecting hard but feel the benefit when I do.

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