creative rest

I’ve written often of how, to survive and thrive in a fast-flowing world of abundant opportunity, you need to know how to select and direct your attention.

When doing deep work, you need to ensure you won’t be interrupted. That means:

  • No email
  • No text messages
  • No phone calls
  • No browsing

The most seemingly harmless things are the most detrimental to flow.

One tweet, one status update, one email check, seems harmless but that’s not how it ends. We find we’ve dissipated our creative day, 140 characters at a time.

Last week, I went on holiday and took this into a longer period of time. The whole week away, to be precise.

The laptop was left at home, the phone went into a drawer on arrival and was taken out, only once in the week, to do a check-in, for an hour.

Next time I probably won’t even do that. Everything… of course… was just fine and by the time it swung round to doing the agreed check-in, I felt it was unnecessary. (It had seemed soooooo necessary before I left.)

Yes, I regained a sense of proportion. And a sense of balance and freedom.

Time expanded and each day felt fully 24 hours long.

So much was restored in that week. Was there any loss? I can’t think of a single thing.

What about you? Do you (digi)fast?

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