We all know the story about the tortoise and the hare. The hare speeds along and you think he will win the race but instead the tortoise wins the race.I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I have social media induced ADD. Of course, this could just be a relative of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I don’t really fear missing out as much as I fear getting so far behind on everything I need to do that I’ll never catch up. Do I need to be more of a tortoise? Is that even possible in this constantly connected generation?
I have tabs for every channel open at the top of the browser window and the minute it shows I have a message I’m compelled to hop over to check it out. Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages fly across the transom all day long and I bounce from one channel to the next addressing the messages as fast as I can for fear the planes will get backed up on the runway. The only way to fix this is to close the tabs which of course, I can’t , because I’ve tried that before and gotten reamed by a CEO for not always being on. I’m known for how fast I respond and how I answer emails at 5am and at 11pm. Woo-hoo, the hare is winning the race. Or am I?
I hate to think with all this constant bouncing around has done to my brain. Has it rewired it in some fashion? My answer now is to plug in headphones and at least tune out the world outside my digital maze. And somehow it seems to soothe my anxiety about keeping up and it helps me focus.
I make old-fashioned lists to remember what I need to do. If I don’t do it right away or write it down, I sometimes forget the task at hand. Is that a result of my ping pong scrambled brain?
I recently discovered writing on the subway now. Only one screen to deal with and it’s working. Except for the two times I blew past my stop. Argh! The hare just lost.