Jocelyn Glei on fast tech and slow work

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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!

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3 Responses to Jocelyn Glei on fast tech and slow work

  1. So many correlations in this one from Jocelyn’s insights to photo taking and the work we do with our clients about being more intentional in their photo taking habits. She is right there ARE studies about our tendency to take the photo and allowing ourselves to forget easily because it is recorded digitally and this misconception of that saving the ‘memory’ forever and that there is infinite space for those ‘memories’. I see proof of this when after I have organised their photos people tell me “I don’t even remember taking those photos”

    Sorry I get a bit ranty rambly about this :)

    Another awesome episode x

  2. Oh my goodness, learning to say no is not just your generation’s challenge! Check out Manuel J. Smith’s 1975 book “When I say no I feel guilty” You’d think I would have learned by now
    I particularly resonated with the part about continuous input via podcasts and such. I almost compulsively listen to podcasts and webinars while doing household chores and cooking, and I more and more have that feeling of frantic business in my brain. I realised the other day that I used to listen to music instead! But then there is the fear of missing something…..
    Thank goodness I have dogs so I get out in nature every day (and I definitely do NOTuse my phone when I am out with them!)
    Thank you for this great podcast, really enjoyed it! (And now for some music )

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