Emails. Feedly. LinkedIn. Twitter. Pinterest. Google+. It’s so loud out there, it’s becoming easier to just mark everything as read, gloss over all that you see, rather than engage and be a productive member of the communities you’re a part of.
Of late, there’s been a pattern emerging with me. Open up Chrome, go to my Feedly, quickly check the categories I have my various places saved as. Gloss over most of them, entirely. Why? Because I still feel like I have to go through Twitter, Google+, emails and then some so I need to make sure I’ve got enough time to do that during the day, as well.
I have no idea where this feeling of needing to keep up has come from. But recently it came to a point. The point at which I saw I wasn’t really, really taking in what I was reading or watching. Or I was reading for no other reason other than I felt I had to. Skim reading and multi-tasking have been my vices of late.
You’ve got to be able to fill your free time with things you want to do. Because the other time you do have you invariably spend doing things you have to do – work, family commitments, household chores, etc.
It’s simple for me to say this. Write this here. Putting it into action will be harder. I’ll fallback on my usual skimming and not taking anything in for the sake of feeling like I’m keeping up with the whole world. But the fact that I’ve written this down here. For all the… well, the few people who do come by, to see, will force me to stick to my word.