There is an article making the rounds on the Interwebs about the Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer in the NY Times <http://goo.gl/bUaGG>. The core premise is that the scarcity of freedom from stimulation is making it an emerging luxury.
In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.
It’s well worth reading the full article to draw your own interpretations. Here are some thoughts relative to #slowmanagement.
- The fact that the article is resonating with people illustrates the collective fatigue. At the end of 2011, so many friends and colleagues said they were shutting down for a week. Symptom.
- Space to think is a luxury, so it is worth investing in the time to create it. It’s important to develop a system to manage the over-load. (See Experiments)
- With the increase in communication, it is important to know how to filter–particularly as the noise amplifies and you have to work hard to get to the signal.
- Filtering happens best when you can engage and focus to get beyond the immediate.
The Internet and its possibilities still enthrall and frankly employ me. So the idea of ditching it as some corruptive influence doesn’t make sense. The key is to embrace it and manage it. That’s the way to sanity.
*Picture: Simon Alexander enjoying some quiet.