Wake Up! It’s Time to Dream

Dreams Create Reality by Asa AaronsIf technology is as good as I think, then why am I always so tired?

The problem isn’t lack of sleep. It’s lack of dreams.

I’ve become so efficient, I no longer have time to daydream.
There’s a recurring myth that technology can create happiness, reduce stress and produce more free time. And while that’s theoretically possible, it’s practically improbable. The more efficient and productive we are…the more we accomplish…the more we expect–of ourselves and everyone else.

When a new product or service cuts 45 minutes off the time to complete a task, we don’t enjoy a nap. Instead, we  cram an extra assignment into the day.

Rather than save time, we increase our responsibilities…and  the technology that was supposed to make us work faster and more efficiently ends up only making us only work more.

No wonder we’re tired.

There’s always something to do, even when I’m relaxing. With my laptop in hand and cell phone at my side, I’m forever connected to all the tasks I’d like, at least for a moment, to forget. Thanks to on-demand services and my DVR, I feel guilty if I even miss a TV show. I’m continually time shifting, filling every minute with something to do…staying busy all the time.
I once listened to random streams of music on a crackly radio, my focus drifting in and out like the FM signal itself as favorite songs ebbed and flowed. But now I pop in my iPod, and  pay attention to song after song. Every song is on on my playlist. There’s none I dislike, so there’s no down time…no time for my mind to wander.  And if, on some rare occasion, it does trail off course, it’s doesn’t go far.
I’ll start to wonder about a lyric or its meaning. But before I get lost in reverie, I’ll jump on-line to search for the “real” answer. There’s no need to dream when I can just get the facts.
I’d like to add up all the time I allegedly save from the use of technology for a few hours one day,  perhaps between 6 am and noon. Then I’d like to lop the same amount of  time off the end of my work day.

Rather than do more, I want to do less.

Read a book, visit a museum, savor a slow-cooked meal, lose myself in my collection of Steely Dan songs.
Then technology would live up to its potential. It would create satisfaction instead of expectations.

It’s possible, you know. We just have to wake up…and start dreaming.
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One response to “Wake Up! It’s Time to Dream

  1. Barrie Hopson

    Hi Noreen,

    not sure how I got directed to your blog especially as I live and work in the UK but I am glad I was. I loved this piece as it was so pertinent to a book I am writing at the moment on what in the UK we call ‘Portfolio Careers”. The lady I am writing it with just looked at me with a huge sigh of recognition when I told her she had to read it. She has a Portfolio Career and lives a totally frantic life and uses all of the latest technology. We have a synopsis, an introduction and one chapter written as our agent reckons that is the minimum we will need to attract a publisher. I would love to quote the following in the introduction with full reference of course.

    If technology is as good as I think, then why am I always so tired? The problem isn’t lack of sleep. It’s lack of dreams. I’ve become so efficient, I no longer have time to daydream. When a new product or service cuts 45 minutes off the time to complete a task, we don’t enjoy a nap. Instead, we cram an extra assignment into the day.

    Do we have your permission to do this? Our blog where we are talking about portfolio careers is http://www.katieledger.blogspot.com

    I am now reading your blog regularly. So do please continue with your very pertinent observations.

    Thanks

    Barrie

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