Putting together this post really came down to the wire for me. Nothing I had sitting in my queue felt right to me this time around. I haven’t had the wiggle room to get ahead the way I’d like to. Over this past year my style of working has changed and I plan a little less and follow my gut a little more. As a result I was wavering, looking for the topic that felt right and spoke to me. It wasn’t until I read Paige Kellerman’s post “Help Wanted: Translator Needed” on her blog: There’s More Where that Came From… that everything clicked into place. If you haven’t read it or aren’t familiar with Paige’s wit and charm, you really should pop over and check her out. She’ll have you spitting your water all over the keyboard. Seriously!
I found I could really relate to what she was describing in this particular post. Not on the same level, mind you, as my kids are older and Elmo no longer plays a part in my daily routine, but as in a brain disconnect sort of way. I’ve been there, experienced that. I have the t-shirt. Why, even today, my daughter asked me to turn on a movie for her and I must have stared at the remote for two minutes longer than a normal person would, waiting for the information to upload and process. Hello. Can we say s.l.o.w. connection?
So what causes this condition – puts us in this kind of stupor? Is it simply a tired brain (not enough sleep) or is it much more than that? In this day and age, with our smart phones, iPads, computers, twenty-four hour news, and instant information at your fingertips, are we filling our heads with too much information? More so than our little heads are equipped to handle? Could this technology make us the victims of information overload? Or simply put –
Information Overload Syndrome – IOS
Were you a player in this video? Come on now, fess up. Add a little more to my plate and I could. Curl me up in a corner and I’ll rock comfortably with my coffee-less coffee cup. But seriously folks, break down what you do on a daily basis and how much pressure are you putting on yourself. Is IOS shrinking your brain?
I’m not going to tell you all the things I’m trying to cram into my days. Most of my fellow writers and bloggers know. They are doing the same. But ask yourself is it worth it if in the end all you have is this…
Some days I get terrifyingly close to this on my four hours of sleep a night. What am I doing that sucks all my hours away? I write, I blog, I tweet, I Facebook, I mother, I take care of the household (sort of. I’m getting a D in this category right now), run all errands, and am a wife. On rare occasions I get out to see friends as well. For these crazy reasons I joined Row80 this time around to help me prioritize, putting my book first, above all other social media and writing tasks. Keeping my fingers crossed that it helps me turn things around and I don’t end up buh buh buh buhhing.
How about you? How much do you pile on your plate? Do you feel you have it under control or is it controlling you?