You likely need to use technology for some aspects of your life right now. (Most of us do.)
Regardless of its purpose, this tech isn’t stuff you can (or will) simply toss out the window or walk away from, even if it drives you nuts sometimes.
This week we’re going to make a list of this tech we need and start differentiating it from the technology we simply want in our lives.
To be clear, just because something makes it onto your “need” list doesn’t mean it should get an all-access pass to your life and is necessarily healthy for you all the time.
For example, maybe you need to access Facebook each day for your job, but recognize you also get significantly distracted by non-work related matters while you’re there. Or perhaps you need to use an inter-office messaging system but find that constant pings about personal stuff from an annoying co-worker stops you from being as productive as you like.
We’ll explore in the coming weeks how to establish some boundaries to address these kind of issues.
Chances are some of the goals, projects, or tasks you identified in last week’s exercise may also be best/easiest achieved by using some sort of tech tool, application, or platform. (For example, perhaps you determined you’d like to be more mindful in your life and have identified an app to help with that.)
You should add this technology to your “needs” list in the exercise below too.
However, before you do so, make sure you’ve been picky in choosing this technology and are very clear about your intentions in adding it to your life. Also consider if there are “old school” tools, (like books, classes, coffee meetings with smart people you know, etc.) that can help you work on your goals and write those down too.
With all of this information in mind and, after reviewing the exercise from last week, take a blank sheet of paper (or blank screen on a document) and draw three columns on it.
Label these columns something like: “NEED/LIFE,” “NEED/GOALS,” and “WANT.”
If you like, spend a few minutes playing around with these first two columns. Is there anything on this list that feels in any way problematic in your life right now? If so, circle or star those items so you can double back to them later in this course when we start talking about setting boundaries.
(Quick reminder: for the purposes of this course, the word “problematic” is entirely subjective — heck, so is the word “technology.” You define both terms however you like. For some, minor annoyances are problematic, while others don’t consider something problematic until it causes irrevocable harm in their lives. Both problems are equally valid to explore in this course.)
Now that you’ve got a better sense of what you want and need, next week we’ll look what’s preventing you from moving forward and start collecting some data to help you learn more about those obstacles.
Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to seeing you again next week!
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