"My name is Graham and I’m addicted to information."
There I’ve admitted it, and as they say admission is the first step in the recovery process.
A little while ago I wrote a blog making a joke of how I could waste a while day doing absolutely nothing at all. There’s another saying: "many a true word said in jest" and, as you’ve guessed, there is a good sized dollop of truth in that post.
I could, if I allowed myself, waste hours scanning for information, feeding on it, searching it out, getting to the end of a chase.
I don’t think I’m alone in this issue, so I thought I would share some of my journey and why I’ve got to the point where I call it an addiction.
This morning was a wonderful example of the issues that I face. Today I had two presentations that needed to be completed for sessions later in the week. I knew how long they would take, and what needed to be done. Did I sit down and get on with it – did I heck – I fed my habit, scanning blogs and emails and enjoying a trip down a few information rabbit holes. I did eventually get the presentation sorted, but just in time, and with just about enough effort.
But is addiction too strong a word for it, aren’t I just doing my job. Well I also know a good deal about addiction. One of the things that I do outside of work is to help with a group that supports people in need, some of them struggling with addiction. There are a lot of parallels, but I’ll leave that for another time.
I’ve been looking for a new series for a while now; sometimes the obvious answer is the one directly in-front of you.