FIRST CHALLENGE* OF 2018 √
*Turn off cellphone and computer by 10pm until after my shower in the morning (music from my computer for the shower is ok).
At 10pm I turn on flight mode and am almost excited about all the things I am going to do. I go to the store and buy new cleaning materials, which is something I have been meaning to do for a while. Listening to blue moon, a radio talk show, from the kitchen as I go through my apartment thoroughly cleaning everything.
It's past 12, blue moon is over, and I decide to go to bed. There I lie, not tired at all. So I take out my journal and begin to write about how it all is, and then thoughts of old friendships and past relationships start to fill my mind. Almost like a haze. Thoughts I hadn't wanted to think about. But somehow it felt good, like drinking water instead of lemonade. It doesn't sound as exciting, but you feel better afterwards.
In the morning I made my bed and put on a load of laundry while waiting for my water to start cooking. Ehem, morning? Not really. I thought I would fall asleep earlier w/o staring at a screen before bed, but I was up until past 2am. Still better than some nights when I get into my work flow at 3am, but nowhere near when I thought I would be falling asleep. We should take into account that it was full moon, but I didn't fall asleep before midnight any day.
A few days later in the midst of discussing my photography work with a curious photographer, it was 10pm. Sticking to my challenge I took my phone where we had been looking at photos, turned on flight mode and stuck it in my bag. The conversation flowed away from photography and into our love lives. It was not better or worse than speaking about my work, just different.
We went out on Saturday. I couldn't document everyone dressing up and dancing around the apartment, but someone else did. I couldn't save anyones number, but if it's worth it you find another way - it's not like anyone else is without their phone.
I could say I wish I could have documented more with my phone or I wish I could have spent the evening of my hangover watching stand-up comedy and texting with friends. I could also say I would not have had all those knotted up thoughts loosen up a little, or my apartment wouldn't be as tidy. Possibly I wouldn't have enjoyed reading fiction again.
I'm not really the biggest fan of fiction. I feel like there is so much in the world I don't know, that I would rather acquire knowledge in the time I spend consuming words. But when I didn't feel like writing my journal any more I picked up a book a friend had gifted me again. It was a beautiful read, and when I had enough fiction I opened up 'Label Labyrinth' and studied certifications, until I was only reading words and not actually absorbing any more information. That's when it's time to go to sleep.
After my morning shower I had forgotten about my phone (and even the music from my laptop), and just when I was almost at the office I notice that I 'hadn't started the day yet'. This really means that I just hadn't started consuming information, or communicating with the outside world yet. But was this better? My conclusion is that this digital disconnecting is not better or worse, just different. I'd do it again but don't think it needs to be the standard.