Scattered Selves

Yesterday, Trevor talked about how multitasking can have all kinds of effects on our brains and gave us a couple ways to counteract these splits in our brains.

His post got me thinking about this scene in the movie He’s Just Not That Into You:

It seems that it’s not just our brains that are being scattered, but actually our entire selves. I can relate to what Drew Barrymore’s character in the film is lamenting. Our technology allows us multiple platforms to present ourselves to the world around us, and it can get exhausting.

How many of these platforms do you maintain? Do you have:

Email? (And probably more than one)

Voicemail?

Texting?

A Facebook page?

A Twitter account?

A physical address where you receive mail?

A website?

Flickr?

Instagram?

I’m sure there there could be others, but you get the idea. Each of these technologies provide passageways that others can utilize to access your life. And each provides a version of yourself that must be maintained. With so many forms of ourselves out there, how can we keep up?

No wonder there are times when I feel scattered and torn.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not giving up any of my platforms any time soon. They all serve a purpose. But how can we avoid feeling scattered? Let me offer a few suggestions:

1. Use a good Social Media Suite. These programs & apps allow you to access your different social networks in one convenient place. So instead of clicking here, there & everywhere, you have one hub for your Twitter, Facebook, etc. I use Hootsuite, but there are several other options like Tweetdeck or Seesmic that are also very good.

2. Don’t be afraid to take a break. There was once a day when a ringing phone did not demand an answer. Now our mobile devices send us urgent notifications every time our turn comes up in one of our Draw Something games. Not every message is urgent. It’s ok to ignore a text or even turn off your phone. The world will keep spinning if you need some time away. Take advantage.

3. Be consistent. You may have multiple platforms, but there is only one you. The temptation is always there to act or talk one way in this situation/place while doing differently in another. The global nature of our platforms means there is a greater need to be consistent with our words, actions & attitudes.

4. Be like Jesus. Ok, I ripped this one off from Trevor, but it’s a good one. The more points of access we have, the more chances we have to show the attitudes & character of Jesus. Be nice. Be positive. Love others.

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