Days of Distraction

I used to sit down with a book.

Or a writing pad.

Maybe a magazine.

(I never really liked newspapers).


Now I sit down with an iPad that can do anything, access anything, play better games than my old games consoles (although I’m not sure I enjoy them as much) and take better photos than my first few digital cameras.


I can contact pretty much anyone on it.


It’s a great device and I love using it. But there’s also that battle. Do I consume or produce. Learn or waste a little time. ‘That looks interesting’. Kindle app vs Facebook. Journaling vs Shopping. YouTube and it’s infinite rabbit holes. Doomscrolling. Apps where I know I’ll be productive, or apps where I know I’ll be sucked into endless videos or tempted to spend money.


It’s not a bad thing. I don’t plan to go back to my Kindle.


But it’s also sometimes just more efficient to find a pen and paper.





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