Is your smartphone usage stifling your creativity?
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll admit right here that I’m a reluctant import into the world of Web 2.0 – not exactly a Luddite, but no early adopter either, not since Gmail first launched and you needed to be invited by an existing user to join.
I’m not on Facebook, I’m terrible at texting, the predominant activity I perform with my phone is talking on it, and I don’t own a smartphone (or rather, don’t own the corresponding data plan required to boost my phone’s intelligence quotient) because
a) I don’t want to pay for it, and
b) I couldn’t conceivably fit any more computing time into my day
The Fourth Rule of Engagement
We’ve all been there.
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an essay for school, a “Dear John” letter to your soon-to-be ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/roommate from Hell, a letter of resignation, a last will and testament, or a manuscript that will someday outsell Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Bible combined.
At some point in the writing process, you find yourself a little bit stuck and unsure of what to write next. You find that you need a bit of a break – just a short one – to give your brain a chance to catch its breath from all the mental calisthenics it’s been performing. And so you click open your web browser, intent on just a quick peek at what’s been happening on the Web while you were busy spinning words into gold.