is on equal footing
with helping our children with their homework,
something is amiss with our priorities.
We all have our priorities, and some things obviously take precedence over others.
But in an age of increasing abstraction, we can become so overwhelmed that we lose sight of things.
Essentially, we go into information overload-mode and everything is sort of put on a level playing field — filed away under the catch-all category of “tasks.”
by Dane Findley
Priorities in the Age of Information Overload
We are part of a global civilization which is becoming exponentially more complex.
The addition of virtual reality into our everyday lives has spread us even thinner. We are acquainted with more people than ever before. We can, and do, have instantaneous communication with people living 12,000 miles away! As civilization increases in complexity, our daily lives — both real and virtual — respond in-kind.
There’s a competition for your mind. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction film. In reality, it’s just a fact of capitalism in the digital age. Companies are competing for the psychic space of individuals. And it’s not just corporations competing for your attention; Facebooking, searching, emailing, and texting are inundating us on equally staggering curves.
Information is doubling on a curve that would stand your hair on end. The implications down the road are a giant question mark. The rate of information doubling simply renders prediction — an act based on extrapolation of current norms — impossible.
Let’s take a gander at some of the numbers:
- 1 A.D.: From this point forward, the first doubling of all available information did not occur until 1500 A.D.
- The next doubling occurred around 1750…just 250 years
- The next doubling occurred around 1900…just 150 years
- The next doubling was 1950…just 50 years
- The next doubling was 1960…just 10 years
- Then 1967…just 7 years
- Then 1973…just 6 years
- By 1982, the rate was every 3 years.
- By 1990, the rate was every 18 months
Today, it would be rather conservative to estimate that we experience more change in a year than was previously experienced in a millenium!
Historically, information doubling is the stuff that shifts paradigms (It’s an interesting exercise to look at the above dates and match up the corresponding historical shifts).
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Your 6 Fundamental Priorities
So, what are the implications today? Well, the more overwhelmed a person feels, the more every item holding space in his or her mind tends toward equal importance.
Our priorities blur.
If picking up your dry cleaning is on the same list as helping your son with a homework problem — and both are conceptualized as nothing more than tasks that need to be checked-off so that you can move on to the next one — something is amiss. As readers of this site know, I am a huge advocate of checklists. There’s nothing like scratching completed tasks off of your list. But not all tasks are created equal.
“we need to be cognizant of the three-dimensional nature
of our two-dimensional lists”
Often, we have default systems of prioritization that skew our relational lives. So, as we look at our various task lists, let us remember to periodically step back, step up, and see our lives from a broader perspective.
First, evaluate how you allocate your time, on average, each day. Here, there are little, practical things you can do to reduce the noise: turn off the television, say “no” to some invitations, limit your email exposure.
Next, and most importantly, see if your priorities are aligned with these 6 fundametal priorities:
- 1. honoring your physical health so that it can thrive
- 2. honoring your relationship with your spouse so that it can thrive
- 3. honoring your relationships with your children so that they can thrive
- 4. honoring your revenue-producing activities so that your career can thrive
- 5. honoring the relationship with the givers in your life so that your friendships can thrive
- 6. honoring your relationship with the planet so that you can leave it better off than you found it
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We need to be cognizant of the relational, three-dimensional nature of our two-dimensional lists. Intellectually, we already know that not all tasks are created equal, but sometimes we slip into autopilot and an objective assessment of our lives reflects muddled priorities.
There are other priorities in life beyond these six listed above, but start with these six first. They are the fundamentals and to return to them is to refocus on what matters most. We express our spirituality and purpose best in earthly ways.