Do you feel like the pace of life has accelerated beyond your comfort zone? Has your email inbox grown to Biblical proportions? You’re not alone. Even executives running the very companies that fuel this internet revolution report that they have trouble keeping up.
How can you manage the ever-increasing tempo of change? You really do have a choice. You can resist change and try to keep the pace of your life at your command, or you can learn to ride change like a downhill skier—becoming still and centered as new scenery rushes toward you.
The advantage of resisting change seems obvious, the “old way” is working fine for you. Your old, reliable PC and its old software still work and you are comfortable with the settings. However, there is a weight to carry with the old. Carrying that weight goes unnoticed until you realize that others are doing things differently—more easily.
I think about personal technologies as IA (intelligence amplifiers). Contact lenses, hearing aids, and day-timers all upgrade your abilities. You are able to see, hear, and remember better. These devices aren’t biologically grown from you, but they are part of who you are as a functional person.
When we learn to assimilate new technologies, we learn that we not only can do more, we can do less, too. Less of what we consider repetitive, dangerous, and boring. And more of what is creative, stimulating, and fun.
Timothy Ferris points out in his bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek, that most business procedures can be automated to some degree. Learning to be comfortable with automation enables you to design a lifestyle that fits your personality.
We clearly see the automation of most mundane, structured, and repetitive jobs. Politicians and pundits decry the loss of jobs. However, you can lean into the wind, open your eyes, embrace the changes and redesign your life to amplify what you do with technology.
Many of the changes that we see come via the internet and many of the latest innovations in new media are being discussed at the Emerging Tech Conference in Grapevine, June 23-24. See ETCDallas.com for more details.
About Tony Cecala
Tony is a business strategist. He publishes the Holistic Networker and produces the Wellness Expo. In his spare time he reads about technology and the mind.