The first and last thing you look at is likely your smartphone. Your glowy little defender against boredom. What would happen if you gave its morning/evening bedside pedestal to a paper notebook?
Let’s break down what you likely use it for in these times (categorized):
- Checking if someone messaged you. ‘Distraction’.
- Checking if there’s a critical issue at work to resolve. ‘Fake-work‘ – are you going to do anything about the issue, or will you just mark it as ‘unread’ and worry about it until later?
- Reading website things._ ‘Distraction’_ or ‘Fake-work’ – are you doing actual research? You’re doing it from the bed, right now?
- Writing notes. ‘Good.’ But isn’t paper better for this?
- Reviewing old thoughts. ‘Good.’ But isn’t paper better for this?
- Prioritizing. ‘Good’, unless you’re cracking open Project Managment apps, in which case it’s ‘Fake-work’ – see item #2.
- Journaling. ‘Good’; writing worry-busters and organizing thought. But isn’t paper better for this?
If this list sounds familiar, consider swapping your phone for a paper notebook in the mornings/evenings for five days, and see what effects it has.