I tend to think in terms of the “Analogue Method”, even when that name doesn’t quite fit. It is still a work in progress. There are still many digital tools in my life.
To begin with, ask; What is the earliest version of this I can roll back to?
Using music as an example, I was paying for a streaming service. The earliest version of listening to music that it was reasonable to roll back to was records, and I certainly liked the idea of that.
The problem is that I don’t have a record player in my car, and that is where I do most of my music listening.
The earliest convenient version then was CDs. Once I’d done that, I saw that there were many benefits which I hadn’t expected.
- My car is older, so the ability to stream audio from my phone is an aftermarket add-on that takes a long time to start working. CDs are instant.
- I listen to full albums now, instead of skipping between every song that exists.
The sound quality is better.
- If I buy second hand CDs then they are cheaper.
- I own the music, my ability to access it isn’t based on paying a subscription, and will not go away once I stop subscribing.
It is difficult to think of many negatives.
And as time goes by, I will apply this approach to other areas of my life. It is surprising how few digital tools are an improvement on the analogue version that existed before.