8765.81. The number of hours in a year, give or take. It’s the same for all of us. We’re told to “use our time wisely – carpe diem”. But who’s to say what ‘wisely’ means; how do we decide and make our choices?
Did you know, it’s widely held the average UK citizen sees 300-700 marketing messages a day, bombarding them with lifestyle directives, information snippets and opinion – click this, try that, be careful, get fit, protect yourself, get richer, we’re all doomed, no, wait – we’re actually OK; left foot, right foot – noise, blah, #stop!
I’ve long been an early adopter of new technology. Ever since the purchase of an Amstrad CPC464 back in the 1980s, I’ve been intrigued and fascinated by the advancement of electronics, and what comes next.
Coupled with this fascination is the want to test and review select products ahead of the crowds, particularly those I believe could be of genuine use in everyday life.
Most recently, I’ve been testing a number of new fitness trackers and smartwatches, and asking “are they really worth it, and which one’s the best?”.
For a while now, I’ve been making a concerted effort to engage in more reading – the paper-based type. To my surprise, it’s been really hard work! It’s as though at some point I’ve become so accustomed to the three-dimensional way of consuming information online, that my brain’s no longer willing to read and concentrate on just one thing at a time.
OK – since when did ‘digital’ take authority, provoking a sense of discontentment, anxiety even, when I hit the ‘off’ switch and attempt to slow down?
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s asked this question; perhaps you, too, sometimes become so focused on Getting Things Done (GTD) that you forget you need to stop once in a while; in fact, perhaps you’ve forgotten how to stop altogether.