Is your screen time up or down this week?
No doubt, like me you get a notification on your phone to let you know. (Even if you choose to sometimes ignore it)
It is said, we spend on average 2.5 hours a day just on social media and that is before you factor in the time spent on our computers working. Even in our downtime, many check emails or send texts.
In the age of information, many of us, hardly spend any time away from our phones and electronic devices. With some participating on up to eight social media platforms, it is very easy to be overloaded by messages and comments. And that is before you add in the wants and needs of those that matter to your success and happiness.
It is said we are exposed to something like 34 Gb of data every day, the equivalent of 105,000 words and millions of images and sounds.
Our brains were not designed to process this volume of information and whether we realise it or not, it can impact our mood and our decision-making. With more and more people having back to back meetings and any space between meetings being used to consume more data, more information and more problems it is not surprising that so many are experiencing overwhelm.
A simple question like “What would you like for dinner?” can become too much to process. When we are unable to make simple every day decisions it can impact every area of our lives.
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Social media has made the world far more connected, and this can be a positive thing. We can communicate with people all over the world and have access to products and services previously unobtainable. This connectivity can expand horizons, alleviate loneliness and generate business opportunities.
The whole point of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn is to engage with a like-minded community. We look to these communities for their recommendations and comments on products and services. We are more likely to trust a comment on social media than the company promoting said product or service.
How many times do you check an Amazon review or visit TripAdvisor before making a purchase? All this is fine, as we are consciously consuming the information and using it to make informed decisions. Things become more ominous when we are unconsciously consuming information and therefore unconsciously making decisions and or losing confidence in our original decisions.
All influenced by something we have seen or read online! We are so used to being bombarded with messages that I wonder if we are losing the ability to consciously choose what we want to consume and more importantly what we will act on.
When I work with clients 80% of the time clarity of what they want is enough for action to happen. When a clients leaves a session feeling really confident in their next best step and then finds themselves stuck, we often explore what happened between confident and stuck?
Nearly always it was something they read or saw on social media or some kind of comment or perhaps a lack of response that left them doubting themselves.
Learning to pay attention to what you hear and how that informs your decisions can put you back in control of your thoughts and responses.
In a busy world with so much may people talking it is becoming harder and harder for some to hear themselves think in the sea of noise.
Here at Step by Step Listening, we work with a process called Clean Language which trains you to listen to your own thoughts and feelings transforming overwhelm into clarity.
That moment when you have clarity and can take action can feel like the weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Clients talk about feeling lighter and more energised.
If you are sick of tired of feeling stuck then get in touch and let’s chat.
Sheryl Andrews (aka The Listening Detective)
Everyone deserves to feel heard and understood and yet no-one really trains us how to listen. In the age of information as more people find their voice it is even more important now, than any other time in history that you know how to listen to yourself and others in the sea of noise. Sheryl Andrews aka The Listening Detective is an Award winning motivational speaker, published author of ‘Manage your critic – From overwhelm to clarity in 7 steps’, Founder of ‘Step by Step Listening’ and host of ‘Do, Delegate or Ditch Academy.’ Sheryl’s mission is to change the way the world listens by raising awareness of the different kinds of listening, in particular Clean Language, an extreme form of listening that makes the complex easier to understand. Andrews has always been keen to create space where other people felt safe to speak their truth no matter what that was. She is well known for her ability For regular updates and examples of how listening skills can resource you to manage yourself, time and others through change check out Free Success without stress newsletter
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