I got a message on my phone. It gave me a beep.
Umm was it a text message?, Facebook notice? Google Plus? Twitter, Pinterest....Was it from Second Life?... One of my 6 email accounts? Skype?... etc.
After vacation I just spent 2 hours trying to sort through the 2500 plus emails in just ONE account.
I had maxed out my messages in Second Life a day out so lost those trying to contact me in there.
I hate the feeling of incompetence, but I seem to be hitting my overload button. This cannot be healthy for an individual nor society.
I remember sitting down with a project and focusing laser-style on it for a week. I would roll it around and try different spins on it, make it the best possible result...Now we have to seriously consider just hitting the delete button.
So much to learn, do, explore, how can anyone be bored?
I am finishing up transferring the re-edits for my book so I can upload that and be done. I have an Udemy course on Human/Computer Interface Psychology I am creating which needs about 4 hrs of edited machinma videos. My audible version of my book is recorded with first edits done but now needs some sound optimization components, started an iPhone/Ipad developers course...and that is only a fourth of the current projects underway.
If I am having difficulties balancing technology & real life, and I am supposed to be the expert, how is anyone able to survive?
This is what is happening all over. We have a glut of data and can't process it. From global sources of data (which may have conflicting methods of assessment) to our own multiple email accounts, How do you balance your 24 hour day?
If we take 8 hours away for sleep (We probably don't get that much, but if life were to be properly balanced we should have at least snooze time or meditation to fill that component in.) Down to 16
We have 3 meals and two snacks. If we give each meal 30 min. for preparation & consumption and 15 min for snacks, take away another 2 hours. Down to 14 hrs
We did our hour's exercise work out. Down to 13
Shower & hygiene rituals... say an hour. Down to 12
Transportation to and from places such as job, gym, store, for most, it's easily another 2 hours. Down to 10 hours
Housekeeping chores, since we have to clean up after ourselves with laundry, dishes, vacuum and straighten, if we are fast another hour. Down to 9 hours.
Oh, and then there is the required Work for Substance position we all have or wish we had, which subtracts another 8 hours.
Giving us ONE hour for reading and dealing with personal issues, calling on credit card billing errors, doctor appointments, travel arrangements, sending out birthday cards, researching cell phone plans, taxes, record keeping and emails.
So what we end up doing is overlapping tasks, like calling while driving or at work,or texting while eating or in the bathroom.(hopefully you don't combine eating & bathroom..smile)
There is no time for living, for sitting and thinking. I get comments all the time like, "How can you come up with so many ideas?"
I think because I have allowed quiet time. A bit of space so my hard drive can defrag.
In college (which I did in 3 years) I was asked how come I didn't stay up to study. I told them sleep first and then you can think second. My 15 min in the morning of refreshing myself with the material usually granted me the same or better score than their all-nighter.
Sustainable pace is a key component of Agile, which is why that methodology came so easily for me. If you can't think because of stress, and no time to deal with your personal necessities, you will have to overlap your work time and be way less functional.
In the old days everyone was allowed their space and people knew they would have to wait until you could get back to them, simply because of the constraint of geography.
Time is a constraint, so we will need to put up known geographical-time constraints.Suggestions:
I return emails once a day.
Text me and I will get back to you during my response time.
Join me if you want to at the gym, but do not call or bother me between 6:30 -7:30 for my designated downtime.
Even computers need their maintenance time.
To have a life that you can call your own we need to balance all components. How do you get your needed downtime?