Withdrawal Symptoms: There are some great ones!
So it’s Sunday again.
On Sundays I usually share inspirational web finds with you to feed our brains. Nevertheless I decided to stop reading last week: cold turkey, for one week. Mostly because I was so annoyed by myself reading really useful stuff on the internet and not getting things done.
I stopped reading on the internet, especially on Twitter, blogs and news pages. And I also deprived magazines and books.
Hey, it’s only one week! Plus, I still read mails once a day.
For you, this means no brain food today except my report on
One Week of Reading Deprivation
I started last Thursday and suddenly I had an amazing amount of spare time.
So I called an old friend. I spent time just sitting in the kitchen and watching the birds outside. I cleaned the kitchen completely. I worked in the garden. I did a lot of nice things, most of them creative activities.
And then it was Friday.
Usually, I start my day with journaling and a cup of coffee. Next I have another cup and breakfast with the most beautiful man alive and after that I read e-mails and a few things on the internet. By then it’s an hour later, I’m annoyed by myself and I can’t really concentrate because my brain is so full of information.
Friday went completely different: I made my way into the studio after breakfast and thought, “Hey, let’s read some… well,… dammit!” I suddenly I had nothing to do but to animate. So I simply did that. The whole day!
Which is why I finished three other scenes for Ins Dunkel over the weekend. Here’s one:
Orpheus enters the Underworld to bring his Eurydice back.
I now see clearly how much energy reading takes, especially when it seems to be necessary. A whole lot of things I read aren’t.
(Even though I miss Twitter!)
I learned that I have to take good care of the energy I have. Reading is fine, helpful and sometimes really important. But the work I do (in my case, animation, art and design) is way more crucial. It keeps me alive.
Reading is an easy way out if I work on something really important. – Anyway, I will read (and tweet) again from Thursday on. I want to limit my reading though to special time windows because I tend to read too much, in a way that affects my well-being. Let’s see if this is going to work better…
My advice: Give it a try, definitely! It changes a lot, and I suddenly remember what is really important to me.