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Blackberries and Constant Interuptions

08/07/2008


One of my pet peeves is conducting a meeting with a number of business people who are constantly surveying their Blackberrys. The continual interruption of the Blackberry in people’s lives is something that has only recently been analyzed in a serious fashion. I am convinced that the Blackberry revolution has taken over people’s lives to such an extent that it enslaves the typical worker to his job. That is not the way humans were designed to live.

The READERS DIGEST , January, 2008 issue gives us some useful tips on “How to Keep From Being Overwhelmed” . These tips are the only way to fight information overload. The best tips include:

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Set limits. Control office e-mail and eliminate messaging.

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Provide instructions that your e-mail is only answered 3 times a day.

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Stick to a schedule. Try to keep business tasks separate from personal items.


There are other suggestions in this article.

As an employer for close to 25 people on both sides of the Atlantic, I can say, first hand, that I do not have any expectation that my employees be available after working hours have ceased. Many employees imagine that there is such a requirement imposed on them. That is simply not so.

There are also clients who require and expect 24/7 service from their attorneys/doctors/accountants, etc. There may indeed be such a phenomenon. But there are very few people willing to pay for it. If you have a client who demands this type of service, you should charge a significantly enhanced fee. That charge will discourage the idea that you should be available at all waking hours of the day and night.

One final note. Caveat emptor. “If you use it, you will lose it.” If you use all the gadgetry that is currently available, you may lose your sanity. Wake up and smell the roses before its too late. --Edward E. Klein

 

 

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