Trying to become more creative by unplugging

In Posted June 07, 2010

More and more research is popping up pointing to negative effects of being online and available all the time. Most of us are pretty accessible and judging gets slightly restless if we dont get our information fix:

” Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information. These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.”

From todays New York Times; Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price:

Its not just the constant need for information, I have also noticed that I increasingly dont remember information that I can easily access by googling my past emails in Gmail.  A trend that is also being researched; An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness also from todays New York Times

So from today, I’ll try to experience with offline creative hours. The plan is to allocate certain amount of hours every day for creative problems I have to solve. The then force myself to have email/twitter/facebook and messenger platforms closed for those hours and continue working on the problems for the specified time – even if I solve the problems quicker. Its a summer digital detox experiment 😉 . Might even try some of all those new tools that are coming out to keep us from our information addiction like Writeroom and other of these tips. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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5 Replies to “Trying to become more creative by unplugging”

Sophie Jourlait
June 07, 2010 at 11:30 am

I am with you on this… It is about creating space (mindspace, capital, people…) to foster creativity.

June 07, 2010 at 11:37 am

I have a writer/artist friend who swears by “going offline” for periods of time… though for him it's usually a week or two where he effectively doesn't answer the phone.Personally, I have no problems with ignoring online distractions while working. Phone is different, of course, but that can be switched off for a while.

Azhar Khan
June 08, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I have gotten more work done on BART and MUNI on my 40 min ride home then when I am in the office. I have been trying to do context switching on 4 different projects for the last 6 months. It is hard and they are all suffering and I can see that. Having a hard time letting go of 3 projects 🙂

Ann Stone
August 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

so, how is it going?

August 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Think it working well. highly recommended.