If you've asked someone recently how’s work, the answer you almost invariably get is “I’m busy”. Our brains are under siege from information overload. Think about the last 24 hours – how many times have you checked your Facebook page, searched online for something, watched a YouTube video or sent a text message?
We are always ‘on’. According to Dan Rose of Facebook, we are now consuming seven hours of content in five hours. The reality is, if you are busy all the time something is wrong with the way you are working. You need to step back and take an honest look at the things that are taking up your time. The challenge with this constant busy state and reacting to so many technology sources is that we rarely stop and think, really think.
Most people say in the bathroom, in the shower, lying on a beach, driving or going for a run. There is one place almost no one says – at their desk. The places we do our best thinking are generally where we do not have our head in a laptop or in our phone but where we are giving our brains time to think. The future of work will be about idea generation and creativity – this means we are going to have to have thinking time and not just be busy all the time.
Practically, if you want to come up with better ideas:
So the next time someone asks you how work is, stop yourself from saying “busy”. Maybe even try to say, “work is great, I am getting lots of time to think”.