As a member of a skeleton crew in the office today (#blizzard #snowmageddon #not) but with no shortage of data to populate into layouts, I had several hours to let my mind idle as I threw numbers from one screen across to another. Especially on days like this when my manager is working remote, I realize how often I compulsively click on my phone home screen button to check if there’s any bit of the outside world that can interrupt the tedium. Not that I find my position tedious, but sometimes there is no avoiding that feeling at a desk job.
Do those trivial distractions truly offer a reprieve? Sometimes, but it’s mostly fleeting and superficial. I don’t really care what my social media pages or pop culture blogs are hoisting about on any particular day; I just like the interconnected feeling I get from aimlessly browsing them, in the midst of an endless stream of near-robotic paperwork and spreadsheet-related tasks. Sometimes, it’s even actually detrimental to my workflow — today, for example, most other people in my northeast network had work off, so there was a slight tinge of #FOMO after seeing/reading what entire communities at large were doing with their rare ‘free Tuesday.’
It’s definitely an aspect of working in music promotion that I’ll always fondly reflect on: how constant the communication with any degree of different individuals on a daily basis was. I am required to “network” much less in my day-to-day now, so my points of contact remain fairly predictable (as does the frequency with which we share correspondence). There are pros and cons to both scenarios (essentially, having too many communication-based stimuli vs. not having enough to feel fulfilled).
What my observation of compulsive phone-checking tells me is that:
- My local social network could use a boost in scope, and
- Mindfulness via meditation breaks at work is a practice I would do well to employ.
The day that I feel there is nothing left in my life to improve upon is the day that I will dissolve, mind body & soul, into the ether, floating off to intermingle with cosmic background dust as a field of actualized particles.
Until that day, there is always room to strive for excellence, down any number of avenues, through any number of platforms. Possibilities are infinite. Grateful to be here to test them all out.