Riding the Train to Technology Crazy Town
Welcome to 2012, where we can text, facebook, tweet, blog, and email effortlessly; although, with that effortless technology connection comes expectations. Immediate expectations.
You must respond instantly.
In fact, when I don’t answer, my mom calls me repeatedly “to make sure I’m okay.” Yes, mom, I haven’t even blinked since the last time we talked…3 minutes ago.
Oh and that little ding my company phone makes every time I get an email stresses me out. Listen people, I respect the fact that you want to work at 11:12 pm but I also the respect that fact that I need my beauty sleep. Quit emailing me now. We can solve this tomorrow.
Speaking of beauty sleep, I’ve had to enforce a 30-minute window of no technology right before I go to bed. I can’t worry about what so and so ate for dinner or how they hate their job or what milestone their child reached 2 seconds ago.
The best part of our easy access to technology is also a curse. There is absolutely no way you can stay up with every single thing on Facebook or Twitter and live in the here-and-now. You can not respond to every single email as soon as you get it and get everything done at work. You just can’t. Women feel a colossal amount of pressure to be all things to all people and it is absolutely impossible.
So turn off the ding on your email. Set a time that you can tend to it (unless you’re waiting for something important). Turn off your computer when you get home and spend time with your family. Take the Twitter app off your phone (I know! Blasphemy!) Learn to prioritize before you end up riding the train to technology crazy town!
And with that, I’m off to check my Facebook/blog/Twitter/Email/Instagram/LinkedIn…
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