The Analog Challenge: A Month Devoted to Deep Things

Jennifer Chan
Simple, Not Easy
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5 min readMay 7, 2020

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Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. While we no longer have the dead time associated with commuting to and from work, there is no shortage of endless distractions in our digital and physical environment. This led me to think: am I squandering this “extra” time?

While I agree with recent literature on the importance of taking it easy on ourselves during this unprecedented time in recent history, I’ve noticed my habits and routines slipping, leaving me to experience a low-grade, persistent hum of anxiety, sluggishness, and distraction.

Sensing the impact this may have on my clients, family, and, of course, myself, I am committing myself to a month-long challenge (May 6 — June 6) to reduce my reliance on optional technology and increase the time I spend in the analog world. And given that I’ve recently opened up my own law firm, it’s a perfect time to carve out a new work routine concentrated on deep work. If you feel like this too, I invite you to create your own analog challenge too.

The Rules

1) No social media unless for work purposes:

While I don’t consider myself a social media addict, I do have Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts that I often check once a day. Over the next thirty days, I won’t be logging into any of…

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Jennifer Chan
Simple, Not Easy

Productivity, craftsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence at work. Writing now at jennifertchan.substack.com.