The very real problem of working as a digital palengkera is that you have to be online most of the time. I spend about 12 hours a day online, whether in front of my laptop or using my iPhone.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed two major challenges: 1) it’s harder to write and 2) it’s much more difficult to read books.
Just recently, I submitted an academic paper (an ACADEMIC paper!) for one of my subjects in my Master’s. The paper came back with a lot of notes and edits because I made several grammatical errors.
I was really embarrassed. Not only is it my favorite class, my prof is also my favorite. And I’ve always taken pride of the fact that I’m a journalism graduate and I work in corporate communication so this was really embarrassing for me.
So, I resolved to do better next time. Digital really killed my writing skills. 🙁
Another personal issue is my love for reading. I bought a Kindle in 2009 and I had no problem switching from reading physical books to digital books. During the first year of buying my Kindle, I noticed that I read more books. I could finish a novel in three days.
Then, I started working as a digital palengkera. I started to have less time for reading books. Sure, I still read a lot but mostly online articles. And reading was more for work rather than pleasure.
I don’t even remember reading a book for pleasure last year. That’s how bad it was.
So I resolved to start reading again. Fortunately, I sold my Kindle and I haven’t replaced it yet. So I’m forced to read physical books again.
So I bought two books from Fully Booked: Hillary Clinton’s latest memoir “Hard Choices” and Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.”
I’ve about five chapters done with the memoir but I managed to finish “Gone Girl in three days. Yes, three days! Mabilis talaga ako magbasa.
So I felt good that I’m able to finish a novel again so I bought more books.
I finished Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out without Me?” in just a day, thanks to the long weekend. “Why We Broke Up?” is a novel of Daniel Handler, the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Yes, he’s Lemony Snicket. I’m halfway done with this.
So far, I’m happy with returning to reading and rewiring my brain. I still find it a bit difficult to stay glued to my books as I keep switching from reading to surfing. But I’m getting the hang of it.