January 10th, 2011
06:32 PM GMT
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For the first time ever I made a New Year’s resolution. I resolved to spend less time with my BlackBerry.

After the Christmas break, where I managed to relax and slow down a bit, I realized how overly dependent I had become on my BlackBerry.

I was constantly checking for emails and then felt slightly bereft if there wasn’t a tranche of messages beeping. I had to wean myself off it.

As a journalist, I thrive being in contact and knowing things but I think sometimes it all just becomes a bit too much. After a while, I realized I was being bombarded, constantly, by irrelevant questions or useless facts, much of which was not vital to my day.

Don’t get me wrong, in my line of work the BlackBerry is indispensable. The trick is to use it when you need it and not ALL the time.

Obviously, it got me thinking about all the ways to access and read information in the 21st century. The dilemma for the working person is how to filter all the information we can access each day. It’s the classic example of “The tyranny of too much choice.”

At some stage, I think we have to be disciplined and make clear choices about which websites we spend time reading, how often you check your BlackBerry after hours and when to just say, “Enough.”

It’s all about priorities, isn’t it? Being glued to emails, Twitter, text messages and websites can totally swallow up your day.

So my question is: Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Do you have to limit the amount of technology you use in your life?



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