Managing your time given the demands technology has placed on us seems like a constant battle. Years ago when “email” was a new thing and I worked for a staffing firm we were instructed to block out our mornings and to not even view incoming emails. As time has passed email, and even texting, has become engrained into how we do business. Just returning from vacation I am reminded on how technology has changed our lives both positively and some may even say to a degree negatively. My vacations are working vacations. I’m okay with that. My family is okay with that. I enjoy what I do and want to not only be accessible to those I serve but also make certain things continue while I’m away. My most recent vacation became more challenging than past trips due to the time zone difference. The combination of the time zone difference and our activities made it very challenging to keep on top of things on a timely basis. So I found myself having to prioritize. I had to pick & choose who I got back to. I found this to be a
very uncomfortable situation. A situation created by technology and the demands it places on us. Relatively new in the grand scheme of things.
As we go about our daily lives both at work and away from work, it is wise to have a plan to manage technology so it does not control you. After all it is a tool that if used wisely and effectively should enhance how we do business and in other ways as well.
Harvard Business Review recently had an interesting piece that directly relates to this topic: Two Lists Your Should Look At by Peter Bregman. It is definitely worth a read.