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I am writing this with some personal reflection. I never thought I would be this person. As a guy I though I would always on top of the tech game.I know my ps4 from my xbox 1, my apple from my Microsoft, android from cylon etc. but at the weekend my reality changed.
I went out to look for a new TV. A pretty spur of the moment thing due to the household TV leaving with the owner to support a PS4! Well buying new tech can be pretty exciting until you are faced will literally a wall of screens that all look the same and grow in size along with the cost.
Now it is not only the screen size (inc 3d), LED or LCD you need to consider but if the inputs are right and the volume of them, if the TV is smart , or the smartest you can afford. Now this is were I start to sound middle aged. Why do I really need my TV to do the same as every other ‘smart’ device I own?
I have tablet devices, smart phones, apple TV, pc and a blu-ray that connects to the web? Now I need my TV to pretty much the same job, including downloading apps? Is there no escape to the world wide web of stuff and celebrity gossips?
The worse thing is I was looking at music systems and am struggling to find one to play old tech (CDS!) and doesn’t just blue tooth. My now classic ipod classic is not wireless and now being retired. I am sure it was never this complex a few years back. I still remember phone boxes and phones that were attached to the world by a cable, Walkman’s and the first ipod. I am sure that wasn’t that may years back.
Oh well that’s the pace of change I suppose but I am not sure if it is making us smarter really.
So is middle age now connected to the lack of tech spec knowledge and the years in between upgrades of tech? Or is it that tech just isn’t built to last and the new pursuit of quicker, more function and less specialty?
So now is the new middle age equation:
tech knowledge X need to upgrade X pace of change over desire to be ‘smart’ and continually connected + budget= middle age.
Now where are my slippers :)
At the weekend I went to TEDxAuckland ( www.tedxauckland.com ). This is a spinoff of the TED talks many people watch on line. I have been for three years now and always come away feeling I want to do more, often on a home front level. My big commitment this year is to get back into growing my own veggies. So far I have mowed the lawn. Not a bad start in a day.
The big challenge, which was highlighted in some of the talks was not actually having the ideas, or even sharing them, but making them happen. Basically getting the job done takes time and effort. Now this could just be a kiwi thing but I think not.
Check out www.no8rewired.co.nz for kiwi inventions that got going.
How many times do you go to meetings , think tanks, idea generation sessions. You come away buzzing with the conversations and ideas. A week, month , year later it is still talk. ‘All talky and no walky’ how often do you hear or say that?.
The transition from idea to action is much harder than thinking up the ideas. We need to do more than just think. This has become the missing bit and often creates the frustration that leads to us not bothering with ideas as we think nothing will happen. Again nothing will happen = we do nothing.
Activists are call that for a reason. They do activity and we need activists in the world and work place. Things change because somebody or many people join to do things. You may want to call them completer/finishers if it is easier to sell. Often the completer/finisher is the first person up to follow a leader. Again a leader with great ideas but no followers is not leading anything.
Be known for what you did, not just what you thought you might do.
Ideas+Action =Job Done.
I’m trying to be a little big bang with the title, the thought is what is the benefit of a holiday and how long does the benefit last on your return? I am not sure of the scientific equation but it could be:
length of break x distance from work place - pending emails/issues on return = long term benefit
I have just returned from a short break, which was great, and had the benefit of getting out of the office, leaving all work technology behind and having a break. It was a pretty full on break with lots of sight seeing and exploring, not wasting a minute. Luckily I took an extra day as our return flight had a six hour delay. I came back tired but happy.
I am in a role were things carry on when your away. I cant really delegate too much and if you do it only really means you get an update of what’s happened whilst you have been away. I though for this trip I got back lightly, only 160 plus emails, 14 missed calls, a few txt messages and no major staff issues. Its taken a day or so to catch up and there are no major emergencies to manage. This hasn’t always been the case. The benefit of the holiday will at least last ‘til the weekend.
Yes there are benefits from taking a break from work and people should have a period of rest and recuperation - I am just not good at it. The question is how many roles actually allow you to have a break in this way. Is this a modern issue now that we have holidays? Is it more challenging in different roles and industries or is it a personality thing? - I have never been good with down time :)