I like my iPad, and I use it a lot, but it’s remarkable how many ripples it’s caused in how I do things, my habits, and even my sense of comfort.
It’s taken me until this week to feel once again like I’m tuned in to my work, but I’m still not as connected as I was before using paper. In my earlier post on using the iPad for getting things done, I thought I might be back to paper in a month. It’s been just short of that, and I’m still using it, but more and more I’ve been toying with going back to the paper system.
I’ve been writing a lot less in my journal. This I put off to much of the formerly writing time being taken up with reading. The iPad makes a lot of content much easier to consume, and between Zite and Feeddler there’s more than enough to read. So I spend more time reading about what other people are thinking and doing and less time on my own thinking and doing. I think this has made me a bit restless with an unspecific feeling that I’m not doing or being enough. Drive is good, but restlessness is not.
Looking over the last pages of my journal I see a lot more blue ballpoint than pencil. That would be a medium blue Fisher cartridge in a Caran d’Ache 849 pen – a very functional combination. It wasn’t a conscious move. I didn’t wake up one morning and decide pencil was out and pen was in, but looking back I notice that when I started carrying the iPad instead of paper files, I also went to a smaller bag – specifically my small Timbuk2 Messenger Bag – and my awesome Nomadic pencil case just didn’t fit as easily. Wood pencils don’t carry very well outside of a case, or without a cap, and it’s better to carry a few to keep sharpening down. So without the Nomadic, there’s no pencils.
Another observation is that I’ve pretty much stopped drawing since I stopped using pencils. This one is harder to explain, because I’ve drawn in ballpoint in the past. Is the lack of pencil the cause of the lack of drawing, or is the lack of interest in drawing causing the lack of interest in carrying pencils? Not sure, but it’s not doing my learn-to-draw goal much good.
Maybe today I’ll switch back and see how it goes.