Because of my day job as a writer, I’m using my laptop every day for eight hours. During my break time, I read ebooks on my tablet or watch basketball highlights or funny videos on YouTube using my phone. In the morning or at night, I write blog posts using my laptop again and draw illustrations on my tablet. I also use my laptop to write my thanksgiving journal before I go to sleep. And if I am not doing any of those, I’m probably watching movies on TV.
When I had my driver’s license renewed last week, I went through an eye test and the doctor asked me whether I blinked or not. She said there was a problem with my eyes. But since I was able to read the letters on the eye chart, she told me that I probably just blinked. Not wanting to be re-tested, I just said, “Probably,” and continued with the renewal process.
But the truth is, my right eye has been twitching for the past month and I couldn’t see with it as clearly as before.
So, I decided to spend less time on my devices.
Aside from that health reason, I’ll be spending less time on my devices for creative reasons.
Stealing from Austin Kleon, I will use my devices only to finish what I’m creating. I will create (that is, draw and outline my blog ideas) on index cards and publish them using my laptop.
I like what he wrote on his book, Steal Like An Artist:
“Just watch someone at their computer. They’re so still, so immobile. You don’t need a scientific study (of which there are a few) to tell you that sitting in front of a computer all day is killing you, and killing your work. We need to move, to feel like we’re making something with our bodies, not just our heads.”
There really is joy and excitement when you are able to touch what you created, not just being able to see it on your screen. And yes, when you're offline or away from your screens, you also notice what's around you. Like how I just noticed that wonderful tree that has always been outside my window. Has it always been there?
Hat tip: Austin Kleon
P.S. Moving forward, I will post more “index card drawings” than digital ones. I might also post more than one drawing on my Instagram account: @carlocruzph. “Might.”