To thrive in a digital world it is not enough to build great systems to connect with information and people and to help you interact with your own memories and thoughts. Sometimes there is no substitute for just sitting and thinking, chatting with people and reading a book without constantly referring to external information. The world is speeding up in many ways so although it’s important to keep up, it is also becoming increasingly important to slow down, to remove yourself from the maelstrom of everyday work. Important, deep thinking does not fit well on a conveyor belt of work. Step back, get a wider picture sometime.
“Email is great for staying on top of things, but I want to get to the bottom of things.”