Get Me Off of This Hamster Wheel
Welcome to 2015. Welcome to a world that is more hurried, more complex, and more exhausting than ever before. The explosion of information and technology must somehow be accelerating the rate of the expansion of the universe. While the demands of business and our personal lives keep growing, we are also seeing exponential growth in the demands placed on us by our tech devices.
Twenty years ago, you might have had time to read through most of this magazine and ponder the contents. You might have had time to read books for leisure, or time to study the tech manuals that came with the AV devices you install. Those days are gone.
Focus on Priorities
While you are reading this, you will probably be interrupted by a phone call, text, email, tweet or calendar reminder. This constant stream of communication hits your device day and night. Even while you are asleep, your email, Facebook and LinkedIn messages keep coming in without relief.
On one hand, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People teaches us to guard against the tyranny of the urgent and focus on our true long-range priorities. Ignoring that good advice, we now watch our devices as if some urgent, life-changing message is about to pop up at any moment.
How can all this meaningless banter on our devices suck us so deeply into this madness? A good friend of mine was almost killed by a driver speeding 80 mph on the Pacific Coast Highway while texting. Being alive tomorrow is a higher priority than tweeting about a visit to the grocery store.
Ask for Directions
Each new device and technology comes with its own learning curve. Nowadays, products don’t even include a printed manual. Everything is on the Internet, where you must take time to search for it. When you need answers for a new product or software, you might find yourself searching in vain.
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