Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy

Overcoming Digital Overload | How To Slow Down The Tetrominoes

Tetris Game OverAre you like me? Do you feel like you’re nearing the end of a game of Tetris? Are the Tetrominoes falling too quickly for you to slide them into place to move to the next level?

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. I feel like I’m constantly receiving data, so quickly that I don’t have the time to process it all. Of course I only have myself to blame, it’s my obsession to stay on top of emerging technology and news.

I feel like I need a daily moment of zen, a chance to unplug completely.

These are things I’ll admit to doing:

– reading and writing tweets and text messages from the car (at stop lights, etc. which is still stupid of me)
– reading Google Reader on my iPhone in the bathroom
– waking up in the middle of the night tweeting and reading feeds in bed
– listening to tech and marketing podcasts from the moment I leave my front door until the moment I literally sit at my desk
– walking and texting, tweeting and writing emails
– multitasking to the point that my computer freezes up because IT can’t keep up with ME!

I need to force myself to stop playing for a while. Like Tetris, I know there’s no way to beat the speed of information. Game over is inevitable.

Are the Tetrominoes overwhelming you too? What are you doing to help slow the flow and to process the information?

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • Yes, I totally understand where you're coming from. I too struggle with information overload, what I should pay attention to and what is important. Working in the tech industry it almost feels that if you're not connected all the time then you could miss a huge announcement which could in turn then jeopardize your status in the tech industry.

    I try to convince myself that it will be OK to mark all as read and move on, but its like a crack head waiting for his next hit. I'm conscience of what I'm doing, but I can't seem to pull away. Let me know if you come up with any good tips. Maybe we should make a tech-free weekend or day of the week and put the iPhone in the drawer for a while.

  • In theory that sounds like a great idea. I hope the drawer has a lock,
    and I don't have the key. :)

    Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone Bob.

  • Ah, I feel your “pain” ~ Recently, started UN-subscribing to the countless e-news blasts and even UN-following some Facebook friends who fill my events page and wall with endless hits. Bittersweet ~ Feel a sense of relief and guilt all at the same time. Afraid I’ll miss something, but trust at least it won’t be my sanity.
    Thanks,
    Carrie

  • jeffpeden

    Long time reader, first time commenter… Dave, it is great to hear that you are human!

  • Ha! Thanks.
    I tend to think of myself as part cyborg now. So part human will do
    too ;)

  • i have a strict 'No phone in the bathroom' policy. I also try to realize that I am one person, and I can't be an expert in everything. Since I want to constantly enrich my mind, I try to stick with topics I believe are beneficial to me and those around me. So what if I miss the latest release from Mashable? I know one of my colleagues will catch me up on it.
    dave, i'm gonna tell the cops your tweeting and texting while driving…it's the big house for you, mister!

  • jan

    definitely, feel like this all the time. i'm still waiting for someone to invent a way to sort it all!

  • The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? :) Please don't turn
    me in!

    I'm not into meditation, I'm not against it either. I almost think something
    like yoga or Tai Chi would help me disconnect a little. I wonder if they
    have an app for that yet :)

    D

  • Yes, it's all about filtering that constant flow, eh? Yahoo Pipes, perhaps?

  • Ha ha! Well put.I keep feeling like I'm losing it, but as an old boss once
    told me, you can't lose something you never had ;) heh heh.

    I have been trying to find the time to start unfollowing the spam accounts
    on Twitter, but it's finding that time that's part of the problem.

  • we should make one. it could have wind chimes and a 'hummmmmmmm' sound byte in it for the first 2 minutes. then it could have guided meditation with the voice talents of James Earl Jones. now THAT would be relaxing!

  • Oh I'm all over that! Serenity now!!!

    D

  • bregaddie

    Well, maybe I'm privileged that I don't have a smart phone or a laptop or any other random device that is mobile/remote and can connect to the internet. I am addicted to the internet since I love to keep up! I gotta see what's going on! I add new stuff to my google reader all the time, but there are days I forget to open. Maybe that's a good thing so I can actually get some work done on editing photos and whatnot. …I don't know, good luck Dave!

    By the way, I am old enough to remember old school Tetris. It was fun to play until you were missing “your game” then I always remember trying to hurry and get a long bar to one side or the other to complete a few levels. Ah, but there's been no game like Tetris!

  • Thanks Breanna. So are you a *mark all as read* person? Do you admit defeat
    with Google Reader sometimes?
    Yes, Tetris rocks. I'm not much of a gamer, but I do like the classics.

    D

  • I've never actually used that “mark all as read” feature. Maybe I should try it sometime, lol. ..I find new features with all of google products all the time, it's awesome. Then again, it takes up my time… (as your post mentions)

  • EEEE Gads ~ Somehow I inadvertently “signed up” to have all comments from this post flood into my email box …Go figure! And there goes the rest of my sanity ;-)

  • Bit of a catch 22, eh?

  • Ha! Now that's distracting!

  • I'm guilty of reading tweets and feeds while in bed! I should be sleeping or rather attempting to sleep but every now and again, inspiration strikes while I'm laying there reading and listening (weird)…but that's just me.

    Every now and again I'll take a Saturday or Sunday off and leave the phone at home while I go for a run and relax. Or I'll head out to Barnes & Noble and leave the blackberry at home. I'll lounge at the cafe or go lunch and not stress over the onslought of emails, DM's, etc. Sometimes, just sometimes, it's a good thing to do and the recharge feels really really good!

  • Thanks. I agree, the unplugging really does feel good.

  • I'm guilty of reading tweets and feeds while in bed! I should be sleeping or rather attempting to sleep but every now and again, inspiration strikes while I'm laying there reading and listening (weird)…but that's just me.

    Every now and again I'll take a Saturday or Sunday off and leave the phone at home while I go for a run and relax. Or I'll head out to Barnes & Noble and leave the blackberry at home. I'll lounge at the cafe or go lunch and not stress over the onslought of emails, DM's, etc. Sometimes, just sometimes, it's a good thing to do and the recharge feels really really good!

  • Thanks. I agree, the unplugging really does feel good.

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