Humans weren’t so different five years ago, but many of the conditions of life seem to be. Too much to do too many places to be not enough time not enough help not enough energy too many demands…
Long, long ago in some other reality, so long as you made the last Fedex pickup at 7:30 in the evening, you were golden. Smeary faxes were occasionally necessary during the work day. When Alvin Toffler wrote about the concept of “bombardment” in his book Future Shock, no one knew that we would one day walk around with small devices that trill and chime to get not only our attention but also immediate answers — or that some of us would want to create an ephemeral yet public record for every action, every thought, every breath.
We’re pulled in so many directions, trying to manage life and work and keep each in its appropriate sphere. We’re thrown off course (if not actually freaked out) by natural disasters, human threats, excessively loud or caustic political discourse. We misplace our keys, our glasses, our overcrowded task lists. We confuse our various passwords.
Don’t you know anyone who seems rattled, on edge, always late, always forgetting? Or just distracted by events and burdens? Could even be you — not all the time, maybe just on alternate Tuesdays.
So this coming Tuesday, a little help is available. There are no magic answers, but there are techniques and concepts that support coping and competence. You can pick up a few on Tuesday, May 18, 2pm ET, at “Self Management in Frantic Times”, a webinar that’s part of my Workplace Wisdom presentations. For more information and to register, click here.
The world will keep spinning a long, long time. Might as well make the best of it as long as we’re on it.
Onward and upward,