As a self-employed Motivational Speaker, I must continuously endeavour to keep up with technology, or be left behind. I may not want to add more social networks or constantly stay up on my Twitter Stream but I know it's beneficial to stay in the loop.
As a result sometimes I feel a bit disjointed and disconnected because of all the distraction and noise.
Here are some of the lifestyle/wellness consequences of increased technology:
- Technology keeps you in the loop; sometimes it makes you more productive, other times it's a dandy time waster, and it often distracts you from other more important (face to face relationship building) activities.
- We are all required to deal with a lot more distraction than we had years ago. When was the last time you actually completed your To-Do list? Have you noticed that it's more difficult to find the time to create that To-Do list? It is rare to feel caught up, because lurking around the corner is your next unexpected interruption.
- We multitask a lot more than we did in the past. Quality, focused attention on a task is very rare. Nowadays we operate more like an octopus with every tentacle moving simultaneously in different directions.
- There's an app for that! As Technology attempts to solve all our productivity problems, real human problems like personal conflict, depression, burnout, etc still fester. When we are wrapped up with our technology and devices, the challenges in our life act as poignant reminders of what's really going on beyond the busyness.
Many years ago I saw a great motivational speaker, William Bridges, talk about accepting change. When I struggle with adopting new technology in my workday I know I am resisting its benefits mostly because I am already overloaded!