The Great Blackout: It Begins


So, here’s the thing. Quarantine makes it very easy to be lazy, especially if, like me, you’ve been furloughed or aren’t working right now. I have definitely had my share of weeks (or months) where I accomplished absolutely nothing except PS4 trophies.

Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the time I have to myself and I recognize that I’m fortunate enough at the moment to not be too worried about my livelihood right now, but at a certain point, I realized I was not happy being unproductive. I felt like I was wasting away and the days faded into one another and I didn’t know which way was up.

Eventually I decided to do something about that. A man name Eugene Choi, creator of, had an online mini-course about the scientific approach to figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing with your life. I watched it and subsequently scheduled a call with him that revealed some truths about myself that I didn’t even realize until that moment. (If you have a chance, check it out, you won’t regret it!)

So this leads me to The Great Blackout. What is it you ask? It’s a time for me to block out all electronic distractions for 2 weeks. No TV, no YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, no video games. Just for me to refocus and find creative ways to fill my time that have nothing to do with modern ways of distraction.

So beginning today, September 1, 2020 I am beginning my journey and documenting my progress here. My ultimate goal is to refocus and use the time I have now wisely. I want to see where this takes me, what I do, what I create, how I grow. I think it’s a fun way to start off this new venture. If you are this early to the game (and reading this post in a timely fashion), feel free to join me and share your discoveries, I would love to know how you filled your time!

I’m nervous and excited, I have a few plans and in addition to my “Blackout” progress, will be dedicating some of this time to producing content for Technicolor Eclectic. So stay tuned!

Until next time –

Published by DanieleSmith


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