Once again, I have been freed from the tyranny of my inbox and calendar, and it is GOOD.
So, in spite of several hundred warnings to NOT DO IT, I initiated
the steps to change my name at work. Lulling me into a false sense of
security, I actually received mail in my new name for a couple of days
before it all fell over and went boom.
Since Wednesday night of last week, I have not had access to my
email or Lotus Notes calendar. Of course, I didn’t CARE on Thursday and
Friday, because I wasn’t at work.
Then came Monday.
Yesterday morning, I panicked. Just a little. I went into the
office, having no idea where I was supposed to be all day, nor what I
was supposed to be doing. I missed meetings, I’m sure. And then there
are those hundreds of emails piling up unread in my inbox.
Today, I find it liberating.
I’m freed from the tyranny of the daily grind, and forced to find other ways to share knowledge and communicate.
I’m picking up the phone (what a novel concept!). I’m getting up and walking down the hall to ask my question that way. I’m
using our internal chat client.
Instead of living in my inbox, where I am interrupt-driven by
whatever arrives there next, I’m living in our team wiki… making sure
our project work is available to others, even if I can’t flood their
I’m more focused, less distracted, and my knowledge-sharing practices are improving.
I think Luis
might be on to something here.