Paper and coffee, the old school way

I wake up early to have an intentional, unhurried start to my day. My first stop is the coffee maker. I’m not even sure that I like coffee anymore, but it’s how I start my day. The comfort of the cup in hand, the slow process of sipping its warmth.

Many days, I’ll have a mug in one hand and my phone in the other, catching up with my feeds. Recently, though, I’ve brought more old school into my mornings, giving my eyes a break from the tiny black mirror. I’ve subscribed to several publications in paper form.

The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Harvard Business Review.

Time.

EDUCAUSE Review.

Foreign Affairs.

These are all publications that provide a current view of the issues I face at work and in our nation. It’s my way of keeping up-to-date through a different medium. All of these publications have an online version — I’ll often save the digital version of an article I find salient — but there’s something about the paper copy that engages me more actively.

When I put my phone to the side, I can lose myself in learning without the rolling distractions of notification banners and badges or the temptation of what’s new in the news feed.

There’s something nostalgic about it, too. I can imagine my grandfather devouring the Sunday Times with each turn of the page. I know that someday, these paper copies will be a thing of the past. I’ll rue that day, because some things are just better old school.

Published by Christopher Tidrick

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