Slowing down and shifting focus

Just over a week ago, I was on my way back from New Adventures in Web Design. A great conference founded and curated by the ever so humble Simon Collison. Per default I do an extensive write-up about conferences, and I will do that… but not right now.

For the past months I have found many highs and lows. I have been extremely inspired and dumbfounded by amazing people doing great things. And I have been fully distracted by anything that moved – be it real or digital.

So I will choose to slow down a bit, and take some time off. Time off from information and time off from media. I won’t be bombarding you with terms like ‘information overload’ and ‘social detox’. It just seems that at current, I have become too dependent on the speed and the amount of information that gets blasted over the series of tubes. And I have the feeling that I’m not the only one.

I won’t get in to productivity guru douche-mode on this one, but why in the hell are we all consistently consuming these boatloads of information and media without even hesitating to stop? Even when we are at, let’s say, an amazing conference like Build or New Adventures? Or at a bar, spending times with friends. Have you ever noticed how fast people grab their phone whenever the conversation silences for five seconds? Or the other person in the conversation goes to the bathroom? Back to topic.

My dependence on information and media has become so apparent to me, that I sometimes purposely seem to be looking to consume more. And whilst I had my personal ‘productivity-rules’ set up, I am always catching up on some kind of information stream, be it Twitter, RSS or [insert more content here]. Not purposefully, but completely automatic. The string “twi” continued with the return-key has been engraved into my fine motor skills, and that has to stop.

So what I will do, is keep on doing work; I’ll still be sketching and poking pixels into place. I will just be more focused on production than consumption.