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Embracing analog in a digital world

By Hope Corrigan

15 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Incorporating analog practices into daily life can offer a break from screens, boost creativity, and push back against the constant need for productivity.

Sometimes it's better to be inefficient.

Take, for example, the humble book: It's bulkier than an e-reader, but there's no charging, no notifications, no monthly subscription fees. In a world hyper-focused on optimization where faster is better, it can feel old-fashioned to mark your page with a paper bookmark. But incorporating the analog into daily life can offer a break from the screen, boost creativity and push back on the idea that maximizing productivity is key.

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