Keeping Up Without Burning Out
2017 was an exhausting year. Judging by this Chartbeat report which listed “anxiety associated with the high demands of today’s fast-paced, phone-in-hand world” as a major topic of the year, I’d say I’m not the only one that feels tired.
Technology helps us stay informed and plugged in. It’s also making us overwhelmed and anxious, as we struggle to consume an endless barrage of headlines, notifications, and prompts to buy more, scroll more, swipe more.
The result is that we can’t process any of the information we’re consuming clearly. This year, I want to stay informed and take action, without getting completely burnt out. To do this, I have a goal for myself and a challenge to all of us who work in tech.
My goal for myself is that instead of passively absorbing the news by reactively checking my phone screen, I want to be more intentional about when, where, and how I find information. I’ll find sources of information that I trust and visit them directly instead of getting all of my news from social media. I appreciate What The Fuck Just Happened Today? for providing a factual, succinct summary of the most important events of the day. I also enjoy Take Action Take Care which pairs activism with strategies to keep you from burning out.
The challenge I have for us who work in tech is to consider our role in the fatigue that we’re causing people and ask ourselves what we can do to fix it. This might mean creating more meaningful content instead of rushing to be the first to report news, being mindful of how many notifications we’re throwing at people, or presenting people with fewer options and barriers when they’re trying to find information. Instead of prioritizing more clicks, taps, and scrolls, how can we foster more meaningful relationships?
Originally published on The Pastry Box