Swamped under facts and figures
Wake up; check your email while making your bed, check out the news when sipping your morning cup of bitter coffee and fill your calendar with dozens of meetings for the week ahead of you. That’s not a new formula of starting a week day; it’s rather a daily routine of millions of people from different parts of the world who wake up to the alarms on their phones and fall asleep to the laptop’s familiar “switch-off sound”.
In the world where every minute one gets new information through Facebook, Twitter, using Google plus, Pininterest, and many more information-rich sites , it becomes extremely hard to keep up with the world running at such fast pace. You sign up for the dozens of useful sites to receive updates, you “like” hundreds of things on Facebook, you have a fully-packed calendar of social events to go to and your brain is already germinating new project ideas on your way home. So when is the end of the ongoing facts-and-figures stream of information coming to your mind? Or should there be one anyways?
These gloomy thoughts appeared in my head when I was squeezing through“the wild forest” of unread emails, updates, invitations, requests, log in passwords, friends’ comments and scheduled webinars one evening.Sorting out this information stream is a part of daily routine that needs time and patience and doesn’t like to be ignored. Otherwise, you may find yourself one day “sinking” in this updated cyberspace. So what is the remedy for this “like –and-update” syndrome and how to stay informed and not get swamped by the questions, comments, updated and what not.
Here is some useful advice for those who feel they are failing to catch up with the “click-technology” and are not making the most of it. I myself understand the importance of being on the right track and frequently check out new sites, look for the new opportunities on the Web whether it is a new movie site, an insightful article on politics online or a new job site. But there is never an end to this search. On the contrary, you may get so excited that you may as well forget what you real aims of searching are and what exactly you want to find. That is why before I press the powerful “on” button on my laptop, I usually put down the things I have to do while drifting in the “dotcom ocean”. It is easy and doesn’t require much time, however the effect of this simple action is tremendous. It saves your time and doesn’t let you be distracted by cool advertisements and teasers on the right-left sides of the web-pages.
Another good idea to bear in mind isto carefully choose the field of your own interest and stick to it. It’s much more important to be an expert or at least try to be one in a specific sphere than try to be in the know of every little thing happening in the world. Narrow you choices, but do not limit your sources. Sign up for the updates of the international organizations, online papers that focus on the things you are interested in.
Here is an important one. Never doubt that social media is an important means not only of communication and networking, but also action and work. What makes the difference is the purpose of using it and the outcomes you are waiting for. So it’s up to you to decide whether “going online” will be of advantage to you or it will eat your time and deprive you of good night sleep and free time.