Sun, February 2, 2014
Removing Chaos from a Chaotic World
Have you gotten to the point where the addictive behavior/compulsive technology urges have just about topped the list of 'things I want to change'?

I have, and I have some thoughts on this, calling this blog "Removing Chaos from a Chaotic World".

I have been doing some reading on 'Mindfullness' and just finished a really excellent book called "Finding Space to Lead-A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership" written by Janice Marturano, which gives a great primer on becoming an effective leader, which as the author claims "has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of individuals in our organizations", connecting not only with yourself, but with others as well, which frankly in the tech world we now live in is something of great importance.  Janice says that we feel something missing in our lives,

"Space"
  This multitasking which was, according to humor writer Ridgley Ann Johnson, something our generation as boomers invented, was designed to let computers do multiple processes at the same time, not people.  After we as 21st century people (baby boomers especially) thought that engaging in 'multitasking' as individuals would make us more productive.  Well actually it is not, and the ‘data’ is showing us that.

 How long can you go without glancing at your smartphone or checking your email?  Clifford Nass, a psychology professor at Stanford University, says “today's nonstop multitasking actually wastes more time than it saves—and he says there's evidence it may be killing our concentration and creativity too”.

Is our self-awareness the answer to the technology overdose?  Can getting back in touch with our own sense of self be the answer to a world filled with extreme ‘busyness’? 

Accepting mindfulness in the 21st century is a path to the clarity of focus that is eluding us in the scope of our increasingly busied out lives. By cultivating focus, clarity and creativity and compassion, along with plain old acceptance of gratitude for what we have we time shift our personal achievements, and start to appreciate the little things that make us what we are, human.

Don’t get me wrong I love technology and the creative destruction it has brought to so many old ways of doing things.  From self-publishing to social media, to enhanced healthcare for example wearable non-invasive tech breakthroughs like Googles wearable contact lenses that can measure glucose levels in diabetics, to face time with the grandkids in distant locations and on and on. 

Self-actualization and the tie in with techs ‘quantified self-movement’ reaps so much great and valuable information that is mind boggling.  Tracking your steps is great, counting your calories is grand, tracking your personal data is empowering, however combining both mindfulness with the quantified self is best when tracking your emotions and improving your quality of life is the end result.
 
What if all the positive changes you could make through self-quantifying came from developing mindfulness?  What if mindfulness as the primary benefit of self-quantifying?

When was the last time you felt inspired to contribute to the goal of an organization, work, play and social?  What if slowing down through becoming more ‘mindful’ allowed you to become a better leader, partner or parent.  Becoming more aware of that “one-thing” that is first and foremost in your life, ‘you’, and your ability to become accountable to your own health and well-being by just being a little more in touch with yourself is achievable through ‘mindfulness’.

Embracing our humanness by ‘tweaking’ the small things begins when you understand that self-improvement is a life long journey of small steps works.  That we are not ‘limited’ we are actually ‘limitless’ in our ability to reach goals and aspirations.  By shifting our need to “quantify our self” is in actually the beginning of ‘mindful living’ and the distractions that are simply the undercurrent of ‘societal multi-tasking’ is a choice we make, a decision that is purely individual. 

Removing chaos from a chaotic world is simply becoming accountable to our own sense of self, the next time you think that the pressure is too much, that your day is fraught with never ending deadlines and stressed out encounters think about this, be grateful for what you have, and be grateful to be alive.  It is the first step to self-actualization and your new mindful life.

Peace

Tom Matt is the host of the daily radio talk show ‘Boomers Rock’ where he interviews experts in all fields that pertain to baby boomer quality of life and is heard on the CoSozo Radio Network.  He encourages messages and feedback, loves sharing success stories and can be emailed at- tom@boomersrock.us

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