This means too much information. Not in the way it’s usually used where someone reveals WAY too much information about their gastrointestinal tract, or their hemorrhoids or their fetishes. You get the picture. No the too much information I’m referring to is all the information that’s out there for our consumption. The blogs (guilty!), message boards, e-blasts, e-mails, newsletters. I am constantly bombarded with information about my industry and those working in it. It’s hard to get through it all each day but I make sure I sort through it or it starts to build up. Very often there’s some good stuff buried in the muck, tips and job possibilities. But the flip side of this is it can all become one big distraction in the guise of work. I read, sort and comment so I must be working right?
Wrong. This is busy work that takes me away from the “just doing it” part. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer in networking and marketing yourself. I am my biggest cheerleader. Biggest critic too but that’s a story for another day. And I think that networking and marketing can be assisted by all this written communication. But it all gets wrapped up and disguised as work when in reality it’s really not that connected to work. Work, for me, is memorizing a new monologue, sending out an audition, learning a new scene for a class, practicing my movements, reading a play, improving my vocal strength. While this is fun to do, it’s also not as much of a distraction as doing all that other stuff is. And as I’ve mentioned before, I’m lazy. I really don’t want to have to do the work. I just want it easy. I guess I’m a candidate for that ship on WALL-e. You know, the people that move around all day in their floating barcaloungers sipping liquid stuff that makes you fat. So paying attention to all this incoming data is like sipping that liquid stuff, it’ll make you fat with not-so-important info that slows you down and keeps you from doing what you should be doing. Which is the work. And my work is fun for heavens sake. It really is. I just need to unplug for a while to remember that fact.