Due to an interesting series of circumstances, I spent the last seven weeks without a computer. I know you have a million questions racing through your mind right now: What? YOU went seven weeks without a computer? How did you survive? Did you feel like you went back in time? What WAS life like before computers? How did you work from home without a computer? Did you go through withdrawal?
I would like to now take this blog post to completely ignore your questions and instead tell you what I have observed during my unintentional computer fast.
- Smartphones really are mini computers.
- While typing on a smartphone, my emails are more concise.
- When used consistently, my smartphone needs to be charged at least six times a day.
- My handwriting has significantly improved.
- Who needs Excel? My boss found the photo of my handwritten budget proposal to be “refreshing.”
I also realized how much I actually do multi-task, and how conducive my computer is for doing that. While I can only have one screen in front of me at a time on my phone, my mind adjusts to only focusing on one task at a time. Frustrating as that may be, I go through life a little less scattered and at the end of the day, a little less mentally exhausted. I have also found that for what it’s worth, sitting at a computer screen is a kind of comfort zone for me and I am thankful for the ways it allows me to easily communicate with the world and [attempt to] organize my life.
What lessons do I want to take away from these past seven weeks? That question, my friends, I will answer:
- A computer is a luxury, not a need.
- Never stop being creative in communication.
- Always take time to step away from technology.
- Take one task at a time, and don’t get lost in the internet [okay, Facebook].
- Don’t spill orange juice on your Macbook.