What is demanded of me in the present moment has come to hold more sway over me than what I've set for myself as my longer-term goals. In fact, I have to say that I've completely lost sight of any actual goals. I'm too sucked into the screaming vortex of "NOW!"
I've been adding to this burden of "now-ness" (a word I've just made up), through my own uses of technology. I have my Gmail account open at all times, so that I see every email as it slides into my inbox. My Netvibes winks growing numbers of unread posts at me in another Firefox tab, urging me to check my feeds before things get out of control. And of course I have Twitter and blog comments and two phone lines, each calling for attention, too.
There's something to be said for living in the present. Isn't that what we're constantly told we should do? But I'm not really living in MY present. Instead, I'm living in a present created by other people and what they say or want or need me to do. I'm so busy taking in new information and responding to it that I'm not actually doing much to shape it. There's too much to take in and I haven't been doing a good job of controlling that.
I think that we have a very real cultural pressure to give in to the Tyranny of Now. We're expected to be responsive and adaptable, to take in large quantities of information and to DO something with it as quickly as possible. If you can't handle that, then there's something wrong with YOU, rather than with a system that demands immediate action. You need to get with the program, man. Figure out how to deal with the information tsunami or someone else will.
So how to break the tyranny and lower the costs? How to get away from "NOW!"?