During the holidays I usually get into a routine: wake up, eat breakfast, have an hour or two of free time, (generally on the computer), then attempt to make a dent in the homework pile. It’s been three weeks and so far the bite I have made into it, is more of a nibble. Nonetheless slowly I’m getting through it.
However each morning as I get out my homework, I am faced with the same third world problem, PC? Laptop? Ipad? Or good old-fashioned paper & pen? Although let’s be honest, the latter is not often my first choice. Our generation has been blessed with these choices, each with their vices and virtues, but I have to admit juggling between them is becoming overwhelming and somewhat a task in itself. Recently I have noticed how often I have jumped onto the computer to whip up some thumbnails, something I used to enjoy doing by hand. Or flicked through the Ipad to brainstorm ideas, forgetting to scratch up the beloved mind maps I used to create. Furthermore I don’t even think I have picked up a pen to write more than a birthday card greeting in over six months. This, you could say, is somewhat unhealthy and what’s more I waste time messing between them. I will start on one computer, then after some time; grow weary of the ‘scenery’ and move to the Ipad or the laptop. Then I realise I forgot to save my work to Drop Box so have to switch back. It’s exhausting and oddly increasing my stress levels. My brain feels scattered, once I was able to pick up a folio and say ‘Ok, this is what I have done so far,’ now if I need to gather my work, it takes half an hour or so until I finally collect it all together, (although this could say something about my organisation system.)
However organisational skills aside, I am going to go on a technology detox; no Ipad, computer or laptop use for homework over the next week. This is no excuse not to do homework; I must complete the same amount I would have done otherwise. But I need to get back in touch with paper and pen! With the likes of Photoshop at my fingertips, I fear I have lost the ability to draw. I mean why draw when I can get my ideas looking like the real deal? But that’s not the point, I need a break from them all and so do my eyes, even now my screen is too bright, it’s causing me to squint, despite the fact it’s on the lowest brightness, (again, this may be my eye site at fault but not the point.)
Funnily enough, I have no issues with mobile phones, somehow I skipped out on that obsession, my phone only used to make the occasional phone call. So mobile phones= ok, but I will attempt this one week detox of the other trio and hopefully it will not only reunite me with my lost sketch book but lower my stress levels. Regrettably I have been distracted yet again by technology; I’m supposed to be doing homework, so back to the books for me, literally, for the first time in a long time.