The Idea Dude

CONNECTING THE DOTS ONE AT A TIME

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Are you suffering from attention splatter?

Besides being a great singer and performer (we had the privilege to hear her live at Sobcon07), Christine Kane is also at terrific blogger. Recently, she wrote a wonderful series of blog posts called "attention splatter". It's a wonderful way to describe what all of us suffer from today. We point to the distractions that our kids are subjected to and say they suffer from ADD and as adults we're no better off.

My day is filled with attention splatter and attention splatters within attention splats (is that a word?).

A typical day would be checking on TheGoodBlogs, signing up users, answering support issues, answering phone calls, IM from friends, family and clients, writing code for TheGoodBlogs, writing code for clients, helping friends fix their blogs, writing on my own blog, creating proposals, answering comments to blog posts, reading other blogs, writing invoices, making sure bills are paid, accept invitations from Facebook, LinkedIn etc., conference calls, the list goes on.

By now it's lunchtime (actually 3pm). Quick lunch. Put it all in a box, shake it up and start all over again.

Some attention splatter is avoidable, others not. Often it is hard to decide what to give up. Everything seems strategic even though some may be tactical.

Sometimes I forget to breathe.

My solution from being stressed out. Accept chaos as a way of life instead of an exception. A wise monk once said, the secret of balance is not to try to be solid and stable but to master the skill of perpetually regaining your balance.

A wheel rolls because it is inherently unstable and as result, it reaches its destination.

What's your solution to attention splatter?

I'm hoping Christine will write a song about it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous jules said...

Vern! I am totally in your boat.
I usually relish attention splatter, but have to admit, there are times when I could simply stay focused on 1 thin at a time, if only for an hour or so. :-) I can be working on a blog bit, remember that i need to put the clothes in the drier, get sidetracked with something outside, and b the time i get back to the blog bit, it's all gone. ;-)

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Jules,

Boat reminds me how we meander in conflicting currents. Thanks for sharing.

Vernon

3:15 PM  

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