Thursday, September 25, 2014

Energy Zapper #6: Information Saturation! Take The Quiz!! 3 Tips for Staying Recharged!!

We are discussing Energy Zappers! What are they? Habits or social behaviors which are a part of our everyday life, but unfortunately they do very little to enhance our sense of well-being! Why? Because they deplete us! Take a look at our five precious zappers - Giving Advice , Drama , and Worry , Negativity, and   Shame - Part One and Shame Part Two - before reading our final Energy Zapper #6: Information Saturation! After having two serious blogs on Shame, let's have a bit of fun with this one! Before we get started, please take this little Information Saturation Quiz! The only requirement is that you are honest! And no one else needs to see your answers!

Information Saturation

Answer yes for 'almost always' and no for 'mostly never'. If a question does not apply to you, just skip it. Okay, here we go.

1. I am on more than 5 social networking sites or accounts?                                            Yes          No

2. I post, tweet, upload, share information, etc. at least 10 times per day.                        Yes           No

3. I do not read most of the information on my connections' posts, tweets,etc.               Yes          No

4. On my home pages like Facebook, I scroll down quickly or skip many 
    of the posts.                                                                                                                    Yes          No

5.  I follow a few blogs, post, tweets, etc. faithfully, but I delete or ignore the rest.         Yes          No

6.  I will usually like a post to save time and to show I care, but I usually
     leave no comment.                                                                                                         Yes         No

7.  I have some connections, friends, or groups where I never read their stuff.                Yes         No

8. I am more interested in what I have to share and the responses to what I share
    than what others are posting.                                                                                           Yes        No

9. I find myself getting frustrated with my connections who flood my home
    pages with constant posting, tweeting, etc. of all their stuff.                                          Yes         No

10. There are times where I feel exhausted or depleted or saturated sorting
      through all the information on my social networking sites or accounts!                      Yes         No


Total up your answers!  

# of Yes _________
# of No   _________

We'll interpret the results shortly and give you a few tips for staying recharged, but for now, take a deep breath and know you are not alone in this time of Information Saturation! Why? What is happening? This is important, and I believe it is really pretty simply. Read carefully.

Our supply of information has exceeded our demand for it! 

Let me say it again.

Our supply of information has far exceeded our demand for it!

Disseminating Information!

It is so cool that we live in a time where most people who have access to technology are not only able to gather information but they can also disseminate it! In some respects, technology has erased the barrier between instructors and learners. We all have a voice! We all have something to offer! And it is just a click, tweet, post, or upload away! The problem is - if we are all so busy disseminating information, who has the time or energy to pay attention to it? Yikes!!  Not many of us!

Let's get down to business and interpret our results of the Information Saturation Quiz! Here goes!

# of Yes answers!

0 - 5:  You seem to have found a happy medium in your tech life! Your supply and demand ratio is in balance! Stay energized and keep implementing healthy tech boundaries!!

6 - 8:  Ouch!! You may be feeling slightly depleted and/or frustrated by the flow of information coming your way! Shore up your tech boundaries by checking out the tips for getting more in balance with your supply and demand ratio!  You'll feel less saturated and more invigorated!

9 - 10 : Yikes!!  Take a tech break and regroup!! Your supply of information is saturating your being! You need to pay attention to your demand (needs) and get re-energized  now!  Go directly to 3 Tips for Staying Recharged and begin implementing your tech boundaries!

3 Tips for Staying Recharged!

1. Tip One: Less is more!
Clean Out!

Take a  couple of days and clean out your sites and connections! Just like you would a cluttered closet, toss out the unused, worn out, or irrelevant items! Who cares of you follow 2000 people on Twitter if you never read their tweets? And then, readjust your settings so that the number of notifications on all your sites serve your purposes and lifestyle. You should not be spending more time deleting stuff than reading stuff! Make your connections mean something! Remember - less is more!

2. Tip Two: Quality - not quantity!  

This is a tricky one. This means you take time to evaluate what, why, and how often you are posting, tweeting, uploading, etc. your stuff. Remember, your connections are getting tired, frustrated, and overwhelmed by too much information being posted, just like you are!  And, they are ignoring it or deleting it - just like you! It really isn't about how much you post or tweet or upload - it's about how meaningful the content is. Save your energy for sharing what is really important to you - and it will be to others as well.  Quality trumps quantity!  

3.  Tip Three: Do an Ego Check!

~ Ego Check ~

Okay, I might be treading on thin ice here, but I must share Tip Three! And, as always, I include myself in this advice for staying recharged! As you get ready to post, tweet, share, upload, etc., ask yourself these two questions:

Will this benefit, inform, serve, enhance or entertain others?
Is this solely for self-promotion, self-gratification, and/or self-adulation? 

Hmmmm.... take some time and think ~

I realize for most of us the answer is likely a combination of both and there are justifiable and sound reasons for it. I realize also that there are individuals who fall to the extreme of either end of the spectrum - from only serving others to just serving self.  What I am suggesting is for you to do an honest Ego Check - and to  keep it in balance! The irony behind this tip is that as we turn our focus outward in serving ( benefiting, informing, enhancing, entertaining) others, we are instantly replenished and recharged! And the more  our focus is turned inward - the more self-serving we are - the more self-absorbed we become, still feeling depleted and seeking additional renewal and recognition. So as we are striving for that balance, let's remember that we all want to be respected, loved, and affirmed. Let's give others reason to do so.

In closing, during this time of Information Saturation, we will find ourselves staying re-energized and recharged...

 By keeping our supply of information meaningful, mindful and in moderation - 
as we balance out our demand for the same.   

~ Balance Our Supply and Demand ~

* Please note - this concludes our series on Energy Zappers! I'd love to know your thoughts or if you have any other Zappers?!  And, if you think this series will benefit others, please share.

 Until next time ~ be well.

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