Is Constant Connectivity Costing You a Bundle?

Efficient Use of Time is Essential.

In this competitive age, efficient utilization of resources is essential to stay ahead of the game and there is no resource that is more valuable than our time. Yet with constant connectivity, we are bombarded daily with a barrage of phone calls, email, IM and Social Network notifications that make us feel compelled (or addicted) to respond to in real time.

Time Interrupts are Inefficient.

In addition to the electronic interrupts, there are the constant barrage of impromptu meetings that occur in the office throughout the day. With all these interrupts it is a wonder that we get anything done at all. What is the cost of this lost productivity?

Carve Out Some Time.

It is essential that you set some time aside each day where you can work in a uninterrupted fashion. In my case, this is early in the morning before I get to the office. In his blog posting “Breaking the email addiction” in the Harvard Business Review, Tony Schwartz gives some suggestions on how to wean yourself off the need to constantly stay connected.

Are you able to disconnect regularly? Do you schedule “uninterrupted” time? Let me know.

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2 Responses to “Is Constant Connectivity Costing You a Bundle?”

  1. Rick Boretsky Says:

    Jonathan,

    Important topic. We can all make better use of our time. I recently was recommended to a software product (www.rescuetime.com) that helps you track your time/productivity while simply using your computer. Productivity is tracked and shows you the value of carving out time away from all the ‘electronic’ and adhoc meeting interruptions and production gained. I have not actually tried the product yet, but looking at the demo it seems to be right on target ofr this purpose.

    Rick

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