FOMO, what's that?
FOMO stand for Fear Of Missing Out. It's becoming increasingly more known due to social media uprising. Wikipedia tells us the following:
FoMO is "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent". This social angst is characterized by "a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing". FoMO is also defined as a fear of regret, which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying events.
We paint a picture of someone sitting at home, being afraid they might miss out on some kind of party or social gettogether. While this is true, it also applies to our modern day workplace.
How you say? Hang tight.
f you're reading this in the office: look at your colleagues sitting around you. What do you see? Do they grab their phones every couple of minutes? Do they have they email inbox onscreen constantly? Checking bitcoin rates? News websites? Do they react to everyting happening around them?
I bet you can say yes at least some of them. Now ask yourself: why do they do this? Why do you do this?
Humans are reactive beings by nature, we respond to incoming impulses. When man was evolving this was vital for survival, we had to be on our toes constantly to protect ourselves and our family from harm.
This means we still have the urge to be informed and reactive all the time. We cannot stand having an unread email or message in our inbox. Our curiosity demands our attention and we are drawn towards it. We also fear not knowing. This is why we have one eye on our inbox or phone all the time.
Why does this matter? It's all about focus. Every distraction takes away our focus to the task we were working on. Less focus equals loss of quality, loss of productivity, loss of engagement, loss of work satisfaction. On the other hand, increased focus will result in:
So now you ask: Can I increase all of these just by reducing the amount of times checking my phone and email?
Is it really that easy?
How? Reduce the incoming triggers that increase your FoMO by:
Sounds easy right?
FoMO is at the core of our human being, but with some intentional thinking we can overcome it. That includes you.
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