There’s something about physically writing things down on a piece of paper that I love, and just can’t seem to get away from. The world is so digital all the time, everything on the internet – we pay bills on the internet, can fax things over the internet now, everything is online. We communicate online, we shop online – virtually we can do everything online beside take a shower, sleep and cook a hot meal – but even then you can have a hot meal delivered to your door by using the internet. Crazy isn’t it?
Crazy how things have changed so much in the last 10 years, how much we rely on technology.
I’ve talked about it before, how sometimes being connected all the time makes me feel crazy and I just need a break and I don’t even have a Facebook so I don’t know how all of you do it.
Technology makes it easier – absolutely. We can access anything any time from our computers, and our smart phones. I can send someone a message and it takes a matter of seconds for them to receive it, have on set location for all of recipes so I can access them at any time, my to do lists can get smaller by clicking the box and adding a checkmark in my reminders app.
But, I can’t pull myself away from writing things down. Seeing something right there in front of me. I’m a calendar maker- I have my digital calendars and my written calendars, and list creator – I have digital lists & written lists. There is something gratifying about writing it down, and physically crossing things off of a list for me – in fact, sometimes so I feel ultra productive I start making my list after I’ve already started my to-dos that are inside my head so I can mark them off just to feel a little more productive. It’s true.
I write in a journal still so I can have my words locked up somewhere that can’t be hacked, or judged a place that is completely mine. Sometimes that space is what gets me through whatever I’m holding myself up on because I get it out there all of my thoughts. When I have ideas I write them down on a piece of paper so I can see them because once they are down on paper they aren’t stuck in my head bouncing around quite as much anymore.
Sometimes I type things out and it seems like my thoughts never get out quite as much or maybe its I don’t get quite as excited, I’m not sure why – maybe it’s because there is so much that is done online and with technology that things start blending in with everything else in my day. Maybe it feels more like I’m just going through the motions when I am in the technological zone almost like it sucks me in, but when I disconnect from it things register better when I go back to the old way of doing things.
Ryan is a technology user, in fact, a lot of times I take out a piece of paper to write things down and he says “Why are you writing it down? Just put it in your phone.” but there is just something about it. Something that I love so much about physically using a pen (or pencil) and paper and get it all down.