April 04, 2011
It’s a miracle anyone can keep his or her mind focused and clear these days. We have content, devices and ubiquitous distribution all clamoring for our attention.
If you aren’t diligent, it’s easy to get swallowed up by it all.
That’s what happened to my friend Rick. A few years ago, he shared how depressed he was with me – and how we felt like he was losing his grip. When I asked him about his waking to sleeping info-routine, he chronicled a typical New Economy professional’s life: Wake up, check email, surf social stream, post/update, interact, slam coffee, get to work, keep up with the flood, graze on more when you get home, check email before sleep --- repeat the next day. And like Dr. Phil, I had to ask him, “how’s that working for you?” (For the full story, read the free excerpt “Feed Your Mind Good Stuff”)
Breakfast is not only the most important meal for your body, it sets your day’s mental tone as well. And, if you don’t possess some info-recovery zones in your life, you just may come down with NEDS – New Economy Depression Syndrome. A few years ago, I partnered with HeartMath Institute to conduct a survey/study on the impact of too-much-information and too-little-face-time. (read the full results here)
For those that can’t unplug and get real, the results aren’t pretty. Depression, anxiety, decreased performance and relationship difficulties are all outcomes of an insane information life – where technology owns you instead of you owning technology. I’ve found a few ways, as an author and blogger, to avoid this trap:
Pick your battles, measure the results and don’t get sucked into the Innovation Trap of social and new media. Quit something today.
This is from Principle 1 from Today We Are Rich