Why are we in a constant rush? What’s the specific compelling event behind every stressed driver, commuter or walker? Why is it that the more we can do with our time, the more we feel we are wasting it?
Do you remember the emails we exchanged back in 1998? What happened to their elaborate prose? They were replaced by two-paragraph messages first, one-liners next.
Do you remember the times when we carefully read manuals before operating our newly acquired home appliance? Not to mention the fact that we used to read the contracts we signed!
How about the fact that you are most likely to spend less than ten seconds on this blog post? This means the average visitor will only quickly scan its contents to shake off a feeling of guilt prior to sharing it on Twitter or LinkedIn.
We have heard it a hundred times: This is the world of instant gratification. We are adapting our brains and lives to extreme multitasking. We have invented (and prescribed against) Attention Deficit Disorder and Daniel Goleman is asking us to “focus”. But there is no way back.
Along the way we witness the crumbling pillars of the ancient, patient world we once knew. They still make chess boards. We can find travel agencies, TV repair shops, coal miners, rapeseed-fried hot dogs…
So, quite simply:
We will one day look back and miss many things: Libraries, newspapers, letters, yoghurt-makers…
Excel reports will not be one of them 🙂
Not Another Dashboard.