Finger on the pulse vs fear of missing out

It’s a noisy world out there, and I tell you I’m finding it harder and harder to not stay tapped in. The fear of missing out is strong in this one.

It makes life hard. I have to consciously stay switched off when I’m with my family. How daft is that? I do it though. For my own sanity. But those thoughts of… “what is being said?”, “what graphic am I missing out on?”, “am I missing out on an important discussion?”. They don’t stop.

Step through to the L&D world and by God are we bombarded with stuff. Engagement this, evalaution that, facilitation here, management training there. There are thoughts being shared aplenty, and it’s relentless. I come across stuff, click the lnks, have about 20 tabs open of stuff I think needs to be read, and then wonder why I have a headache at the end of the day.

So we need space to think, to share thoughts, to share worries and woes. I want to make sure I have my finger on the pulse, else I become redundant. Not in my work, but as an individual. That’s why we’re on social media isn’t it? To be validated? It’s why I blog, right? Because I want to feel like my voice is being heard?

But I haven’t got time for qualifications, or accreditations, or any of that formal gumph. I’d love to dedicate time to formally develop, but I’ve just got too much on. That’s what you think too, isn’t it?

Communities can help in this regard. Looking out for the voices of people I trust and enjoy. They’re the ones who can guide me, ground me, and help me stay true to myself.

I’ll be alright. I’ll make a difference. Some people are just getting on and doing it. Others need to know if it’s the right way to go. I need to know if I’m pushing innovation enough. You want to network. You want to share your experience. I want to learn from you.

Let’s make it happen in one place. On 26th November, L&D Connect (#ldconnect) are coming back together for their third unconference called Bold L&D. It’s a full day this time, and the tickets are available with a twist. You buy one ticket and get to invite another two people for free. There’s a button up over there, or you can click here.


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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

One thought on “Finger on the pulse vs fear of missing out”

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Sukh, particularly when it comes to the L&D space. There is so much to be across, that to actually be across it, we have to always BE on! I think, though, there is an expectation by our employers/clients to be generalist specialists. I know in my workplace, for example, I am expected to know about everything from game theory, virtual reality and digital badges to who is the best provider for a SharePoint course to developing maintaining content for eLearning to writing and managing the overall training strategy. I know a little about a lot, and a lot about some things, but I keep getting the sinking feeling that I will never be able to keep up with all the exciting developments in our area, plus my employer’s expectations. And L&Ders are often one person bands, which adds more pressure! No wonder we are worried about missing out!

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