Has Technology Got Us All Scrooged Up?

Has Technology Got Us All Scrooged Up?There’s a new show on Oprah’s network called “Kidnapped by the Kids”.

The show selects parents who are so engrossed in their work that their kids have to kidnap them to get their attention. Wow, how would you like to have that wake up call?

Even though I don’t have kids at home (I’m a proud step Mom and G-ma), I tried a little experiment this year where from December 15th to January 3rd, I did not check my work e-mail or any social media.

I spent some of my free time working at the 10,000 foot level of my business. i.e.: Working “on” my business (big picture), rather than “in” my business.

And I spent some of the time writing. (Stay tuned on the new book details). I also took a good, healthy break.

You would be surprised at how few issues came up in nearly 3 weeks. (I know speakers have to be responsive to clients, so I’m not recommending this for everyone).

The technology pendulum has swung all the way in one direction towards our being “connected” to everything and everyone.

I believe that people are going to start questioning how much of their day gets eaten up with time-consuming (but not urgent) tasks.

I suspect the pendulum will swing all the way back to “no connection” and then will settle somewhere in the middle.

Here’s your 2011 Technology Check-in:

1. What’s the optimum amount of time for you to spend on e-mail each day? What needs to change to accommodate your goals?

2. Same question for social media?

3. What other time wasters need to be removed or scaled back on your daily to do list?

If you’d like to share your list or predictions for the future, please post a comment below….

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  • Great post Jane. During the school year, I take every vacation day the kids get and try to spend some time with them. They are getting older and don’t particularly like us all the time now but we continue to make that family time. I also take off all of August to spend with them before school starts. I lose some speeches and maybe miss some calls and opportunities but in the long run, it is so worth it. We all need to step back and take a look at the big picture every once in awhile.

  • I’ve always said, the more connected we have become with technology, the more disconnected we have become as a human race. There has to be a balance. I live my work day online, and my home life off line. And I turn my email program off to maintain focus on projects, in about 3 hour increments. It helps me to be laser focused on a task.

  • I think that the convergence of technologies is prompting an integration of our tasks. I see email as more than just reading and responding — I see it as a vehicle to build relationships, touch base with clients, check in on status of contracts and decisions for speakers, finalizing agreements, bidding on proposals. It’s a vehicle for our communications. I do, however, get the gist of limiting time on the junk stuff and time wasters — a good reminder for all.

  • Great thoughts Jane. There is a great book called “The Power of Focus”. I would recommend the read to all that need help to achieve their goals this year.

  • Jane:

    Good points in your POst.

    My home office internet was done for five days last month.

    It was one of the most productive five days I’ve had in a long time.

    Interesting, isn’t it?


  • Great post Jane. This is my practice in order to make a successful day. I took it from the Lead the Field program by Nigthingale Conant. – Every morning, the first thing I will do is, I will spent 5-15minutes listing down my task and order it by priority. (on paper of course!). So, I will work with that list and rest 10 minutes for every 50 minutes work…