When it comes to the fast pace of modern life, one of the biggest culprits is undoubtedly tech. Research now suggests that, in America, phone owners spend as much as five hours per day on their mobiles (FIVE HOURS) with just over half of that spent on social media apps.
It’s little wonder then, that we don’t feel like we have enough time for things like creativity, relaxation, mindfulness, downtime, meditation or reading. In fact, by far the most common excuse I hear from people who want to slow down but can’t, is, “I don’t have time.”
Life is undoubtedly busy, and technology is here to stay, but in today’s episode of the poggie I chat with Jocelyn Glei about how we can harness slow living and use it to better navigate our hyper-connected, fast-paced world without having to opt out completely.
Jocelyn created and hosts Hurry Slowly, a podcast that explores the intersection of modern life, slow living, work and creativity, and many of her guests work in the extra-speedy realms of tech and entrepreneurialism, so their conversations often take place through the lens of work. Because of this, Jocelyn and her guests often discuss the question so many people are asking, “how can I work in my fast-paced industry but still live a slow life?” And what’s more, they offer advice and really accessible insights in to how to do so.
We talk about how best to manage email and stop it from becoming all-consuming, as well as the pleasure and power of introducing more analog into your life (pencil and paper forever!)
We dive deeply into the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, and the importance of creating space for both rest and boredom. Here’s a hint: that’s very closely related to our upcoming May experiment, but don’t tell anyone.
I also ask Jocelyn about the connections between technology, risk-taking and meaningful human connection, and the way tech use impacts the way we form memories. It’s a really juicy conversation, full of insight and interesting ideas, and I’ve found myself thinking really deeply on this conversation over the past few weeks.
I’d also definitely recommend you check out Jocelyn’s podcast, Hurry Slowly. She is a wonderful interviewer and asks deep questions of her guests. Do yourself a kindness and check it out!
Or you can listen to the show directly, simply by hitting the Play button above. Enjoy!
Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:
- Sign up to our new e-newsletter, The Slow Post
- Jocelyn’s book, Unsubscribe
- Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
- Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
- Revenge of Analog by David Sax
- The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowan
- Jocelyn’s podcast – Hurry Slowly
- Jocelyn’s website
- Connect with Jocelyn on Twitter
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