Derek Tillotson

Digital Declutter: Day 11

The first draft of this post had a hockey analogy. As someone who has watched no more than two full games in his life (though has played a lot of EA's NHL series), I felt it was strangely dishonest to use that analogy, so I scrapped it.

Regardless, we are through the first third of the digital declutter. And while I could have just waited another four or five days to write a halftime report (and use a football analogy instead), I felt going ten days in would be the better option. And hopefully I can wait until day 20 before I write the next update.

I've been building a bit of a daily routine. Not intentionally, mind you, but it's been forming naturally. Because I'm still working in a store (despite the Coronavirus), my schedule lacks some consistency at the moment. However, there are a few things I am able to do around the same time each day. I wake up at 6:00am (with a backup alarm at 6:15 if I am extra lazy). I go to bed around 9:30 or 10:00, after doing a bit of reading. I write ten ideas (for various things) before I get out of bed--doing it early motivates me to do it more often. Finally, I've been writing at a more consitent time, but I've also been writing throughout the day when I have downtime (and am not reading).

On the topic of writing, I've been writing a ton of rejected blog posts. I would estimate that for every thing I post on here, I write (in pen) around 2 posts I opt to not share. I apparently am a harsh editor toward myself.

I've screwed up a few times. I fell into the YouTube vaccuum twice. Something caught my eye each time (it's sad that I can't remember what) and I fell into a trap. I caught myself each time, but it was annoying to make the realization that I was a screen zombie for a bit there. I've also been texting a little more than I would like to be (but less than I usually do). And I've inadvertently started looking up trivial information on Wikipedia from time to time.

I also spent almost 90 minutes listening to Tim Ferriss's podcast interview with Neil Gaiman, from about a year ago. It was strangely nice to listen to a podcast and do nothing else during that time. And even though I've never read any of Gaiman's work (something I really should do), I loved listening to the man geek out over fountain pens.

Finally, I'm starting to think of practical uses for YouTube in my post-digital declutter world. In Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport mentions YouTube as a great resource for learning how to make things or do different activites. I suppose I'll keep that alive. But I also plan to keep using YouTube for watching genuinely funny things. Things that will make me audibly laugh, and not just think "oh that's funny." Stuff like stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and similar.

Less than 20 more days and I am at the point where I have zero idea what things will look like on the other side. There's a very real chance that I change nothing from the past ten days. I didn't even mention video games in this post, because--despite the fact an Xbox One controller is sitting in front of me--I kind of forgot they exist.

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Written April 18, 2020

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