It's been a while since I have updated where I am with my detox. I kicked it off in January to reduce my home / life of clutter (as well as eat better, exercise more, yadda yadda) and kicked off a digital detox in March to do the same on the digital side of life. Some areas have been a great success, others not so much. But I wanted to share the good and the bad and not sugar coat anything. First, the successes.
Well, I am coming up on the three-month mark of my decluttering / simplifying and the one-month mark on my full-on digital detox. Figured this would be a good time to catch you up on how things have been going on all fronts.
My old cellphone really did it all with its mind-boggling massive array of installed apps which allowed me text, surf the web, read books, play games, take photos, play music and so much more. But, I have to admit, I have always been a fan of well designed dedicated devices - things with a single purpose in life that just do it right. Some of these are analog, some are digital. But all have a function which is elegant in design and use.
On March 6, I began my digital detox and wanted to give my two week report and address the concepts of nomophobia and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I've been making a ton of observations about our relationship with our smartphones, 24x7 connectivity and the internet and will be touching on my thoughts.
I have had a lot of time to think lately. A lot. And this is all coming from my desire to be less digitally connected and more people connected. It's just another step in my minimization and decluttering of my life.
This week I am welcoming the Punkt MP 01 to my home. Things got interesting in my challenge for digital detoxing when Cody saw my pursuit in using this phone for the Punkt winter challenge and he graciously sent me his own copy to give a go. He sent it carrier Canada goose (I assume no carrier pigeon's up yonder) and it arrived just the other night. I have had just two days on it, so wanted to give some quick impressions on it - and explain a little more on why this is all I am using now, round the clock.
Grab a cup of coffee, this is a long one. As you may have read in my last post here, I began a 109 hour internet detox last Wednesday afternoon. The 109 hours (inspired by the folks at Punkt) just expired so I thought I would share some of the experiences here with you.
Back in January I wrote a post about living with "Less Stuff in Life" which was much better received by my film audience than I had expected. I was pretty excited to read all the feedback from those on a similar journey and encourage you all to keep writing. Anyhow, the first section of that post entitled, Return to Analog, was inspired by a book I was reading, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter as well as this post by my friend, Cody Priebe, who did a near winter-long experiment on disconnecting.
Today's blog post will be less about photography and more about adding (or would be that reducing to) minimalism to my life - so if that's not your thing, you can safely ignore today's post. A few people have asked about it on and offline, so I thought this would be a great place to just dump all of my thoughts at once. If you want to talk more on it, let's meet for coffee! If that's not possible, drop me a line.