I appreciate the insights brought by Alan Jacobs about technology and creativity. Read his post here.
Writing By Hand. I have always kept a notebook around for jotting down the occasional idea, but in the past year I have learned to rely on paper for sketching and drafting almost all of my writing, and for managing my tasks. After years of oscillating among a wide range of task-management apps and systems on my computer, I now handle all planning and to-doing in my notebook, using a variation on the Bullet Journalmethod. This change is another one I wish I had made years ago: my thinking is clearer, my writing stronger and more precise.
I am in the process of moving back to a handwritten calendar. I still take meeting notes on my laptop, but only so that I can share them with colleagues after the fact.
He’s also ditching the laptop for writing:
I head for the coffee shop with my dumb phone, my notebook, and a pen. I sip coffee and think and write. If my mind wanders and I wonder what’s in my RSS feed, I can’t check, so I have to go back to writing. Sometimes I bring a book too, and read it. If I get tired of it, I don’t have anything else to read, so I either keep going anyway or get the notebook back out. Or just sit there and drink my coffee and watch the unphotographed world go by.
Slowing down is a good thing–that’s part of the reason that I appreciate contemplative, liturgical, sacramental worship. The world is too data driven. To be fully human we have to privilege our central faculty–imagination.