Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blackberry Nation and Multi Tasking

They are everywhere these days. Meetings, buses, taxi cabs, lunches and dinners. On top of desks, buzzing in pockets and attached to fingers and ears. They are the smart phones that are taking over the business and social world in which we live in. These can include the Blackberry, the Sidekick or maybe the iPhone. While it has become quite common for emails to be sent over a phone to quickly enhance productivity, has it become to easy to become distracted by these gotta-have gadgets?

Rather than paying attention during a meeting, are you texting away and missing pertinent information? Do other players in your organization view you as rude when you email away at a lunch meeting? Are you constantly emailing and texting your life away and forgetting to check off things on your to do list?

Getting lost in email land on a computer or a phone has become a problem for many offices. Personally I receive over 100 emails daily just to my work account. This doesn’t include the various social networks and personal email campaigns I sign into daily. This can be time consuming. No wait, this is time consuming. Instead of picking up a phone and making a call, we wait for the email to come to our devices and inboxes. We constantly click back to the send/receive tab in Outlook to check for updates.

Where does the distraction end and the work begin again? Some companies have created no-BlackBerry zones, forcing users to drop their PDAs in a bucket at the door before entering an office meeting. Others issue guidelines along with the devices to discourage round-the-clock use. This according to the Miami Herald article entitled, “Drop Your Blackberry at the Door.”

Ryan Paugh of Employee Evolution says, “The art of multitasking has become so ingrained in our lives that it has fundamentally shaped the definition of the millennial generation. It’s frequently marketed as a good thing, as if we’ve become hybrid models of human efficiency. But I wonder if it in fact signals the start of an era in which we’re more dumbed down and disconnected from reality than ever before.”

So I ask you Orlando and web viewers, how can we crack the Blackberry, email and productivity case? Are we stuck in email land or can we come out on top and be more productive than ever with these new communication tools (the phones and devices, not email)?

Happy hunting Orlando!

Greg Rollett

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Tampa JobSpot December 14, 2007 at 6:54 AM  

It's sad that grown adults get caught up in text messages and emails.

I can say that I have been guilty of this too in the past with my lil sis (the text message queen) whom texted me all day long while I was at work and she was at school. Sad isn't it?

We all (especially us adults) just need a little more self control and to value professionalism more.

Anonymous December 21, 2007 at 12:37 PM  

It's so disrespectful for someone to be texting while they're talking to you, whether it's during a personal or business conversation. I don't know what's worse though - texting or those ridiculous light-up blue tooth head sets people insist on wearing at the most inopportune times. I saw a guy wearing one in church. Dude, unless you're expecting a call from the Almighty, take that thing off. I shall call them all "blue tools" from now on. I suggest you all do the same.

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