"The biggest boon for the low-tech migrator is the stripping down of
one’s needs to the barest fundamentals. Suddenly naked in front of the
mirror, we see all our marks, foibles and strengths. We see the things
we actually need to get done, and perhaps how best to do them.
see the downfalls of the past, and the possibilities of the future. We
can suck in our stomach, puff out our chest, and get to work. We see
our calendar, in black in white, before us, as well as some simple
checklists, some basic reference material, some blank paper to
brainstorm, and perhaps a chart or two. Why exactly does one need a
17-step process to create and then tick off "read office memo"?
revolution is not for everyone, of course. Some people, attaining a
Zen-like fluidity and uncluttered approach to their technological
tools, are perfectly efficient to the point of no longer needing paper.
But –if you love your technology– it might be difficult to beat the
addiction, to stop the tinkering, to put away the neat little AJAX web
applications, to break away from the scribbling (and Mah Jongg) in your
handheld. Your evolved digit musculature might cramp at holding a
primitive pencil, or you may balk at the waste of trees (neglible, to
be fair, compared to the environmental damage caused by outmoded
computer equipment). Or you may even be forced to use a company
extranet which allocates and subdivides your time into scheduled
nuggets of productivity, no exceptions please!"
" Vive la révolution!"
by Douglas Johnston
Guest-posting at Dave Gray’s Communication Nation