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technology overload?

Last night I had trouble with my computer and became extremely panicked when I couldn't work, couldn't check my email, couldn't surf the net... I couldn't even call my parents because I don't have their phone number memorized.

I started to feel like I've gone on technology overload. I mean, I buy this nice computer, then I spend all this time trying to find the perfect apps for it or the perfect wallpaper or how to make it distraction free-- and what does it add up to? Me dependant on something and not really getting much work done.

Even the lo-fi forum seems to fall into the perfection trap-- the perfect moleskine, the perfect fountain pen. Is it all just a waste of time.

I mean, Cormac McCarthy wrote one of the best books I read last year (The Road) on a portable manual typewriter.

Do you ever feel trapped like I do?

And how do I get out?

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Pick your spots

glitch47;7715 wrote:
And how do I get out?

I've found that I've turned into a sort of high-tech Luddite.

My job is very computer-oriented, and has a high degree of connectivity (always on skype, always on email). However, when I find processes that don't require the technology, I have kept it lo-fi.

My entire GTD system is on paper. Project planning is on paper. Notes and logs are on paper. My filing system is paper-based. I tend towards printouts and paper-based document revision.

Most of these changes have not been because of fear or avoidance of technology, but just searching for the simplest, easiest to use, most efficient process for me to get my work done.




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