Multi-tasking, checking your e-mail, operating at peak RPMs (revolutions per minute), continually answering cell phone calls and pagers, continually being disturbed by outside noise, intrusive people and unwanted distractions, and always being available, we have become addicted to a wireless life, and as a result, a thought-deadening existence.
Unfortunately, today’s businesspeople live in an over-communicated world. Never being out of touch means never being able to get away. We want to slow down, but we will not allow ourselves to slow down. There are too many web sites, too many reports, too many bits of information bidding for our immediate attention.
We speed through our tasks so we can cover as much ground as possible, answering dozens of e-mails at a sitting, and scrolling past dozens more. After all, the main scarcity in our life is time. We guard every precious second, the way a desert wanderer guards his water.
The problem with all this speed, and the frantic energy that is spent using time efficiently, is that it undermines creativity. If our brain is always multi-tasking, or responding to techno-prompts, there is no time or energy for undirected mental play.
Furthermore, if we are consumed by the same information loop circulating around everyone else, we do not have anything to stimulate us into thinking differently.
We do not have time to read the history book, finance book, philosophy book or self-help book that may actually prompt us to see ourselves, or our business, in a different light.
We do not have access to unexpected knowledge. We are just swept along in the same narrow current as everyone else, which is swift but not deep.
When we can unplug, and learn to think differently from the crowd, we will be able to experience life instead of information.
We will be able to reflect instead of react.
We will learn to think differently, and truly enjoy the difference in our life.