I've been thinking a lot about my friend Monica Guzman's post about unplugging from technology. If you know Moni, you know how connected she is—both personally and for work. She knows a lot of people and is always in communication with people. She completely unplugs from technology on Sundays. This post is not to disagree with Monica, but present an alternative. It is up to you the person to decide what is right for you.What I do? Reduce and Simplify.For a long time I used to feel overwhelmed by technology. The question I ask myself now, "am I overwhelming myself with the amount of technology around me?" You're talking to a guy who literally sleeps with three devices on his bed. Ah, the life of a designer. My daily technological devices consists of: MacBook Air, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Kindle, iPad 2 and a Saumsung Galaxy Tab on the way.Technology is all around me. Unlike Monica, my job isn't necessarily dependent on technology. I can simply shut it off at any point I'd like without severely affecting my work. What I've learned:Reduce the noiseFor me, it's not the technology that is overwhelming me, it is the amount I am consuming. Some things I have done to remedy this:
As Olmec from Legends of the Hidden Temple wisely says, "The choice is yours and yours alone", you must decide what works best for you.When I feel overwhelmed, I reduce and simplify.