Documentation Inspires Creativity
In the beginning of 2020, I noticed a series of tweets about Lifelogging e.g. keeping track of various data, kind of like a statistical journal. I was immediately intriged, but my attempts at “Lifelogging” didn’t last much longer than a few months. In part, it was due to being a healthcare worker in the midst of a pandemic. I just didn’t have the time or energy - I was trying to survive. But something about the idea of Lifelogging never quite left me. I tend to coast through life fairly disconnected with how I’m feeling, and those few months helped me feel a little more connected with myself and my daily routines. For me, it was the process rather than the end result that was enlightening. How might the process of documentation help us creatively?
In his book Show Your Work, Austin Kleon talks about the importance of being a documentarian. “Start a work journal: Write your thoughts down in a notebook, or speak them into an audio recorder. Keep a scrapbook. This isn’t about making art, it’s about simply keeping track of what’s going on around you.”
I’m not a fan of New Years Resolutions, but a goal I have for this year is too keep better track of my observations through writing, data, and photography. Most of all, I want to be more intentional about sharing about the things I’m working on, even if it is only for me and my own process.
Query: How can we start viewing tech as a way to groundedness rather than distraction?
Thank you to Jackson Dame for the Lifelogging inspiration.
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