Working Harder, Not Smarter
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Well, I knew I was doing something wrong when I saw the results of this study sponsored by Day-Timer (maker of organizers and such) and reported by Reuters.
The headline: Most U.S. workers say they feel rushed on the job.
Worse, we feel like we're getting less accomplished than we were a decade ago. Can you imagine???!
Take a Memo...Err, an Instant Message
For example, in a similar 1994 study, us U.S. workers completed three-quarters of our work in an average day. That number is now down to two-thirds.
And guess whose fault Day-Timer tells us it is? Exactly. All that great technology that was supposed to make our work lives quicker and easier (and allow us more leisure time!).
But instead of speeding everything up, all those emails and instant messages and Blackberry pings and voicemails and Skypemails and you name it are actually slowing us down.
Speaking for myself, I feel as though my work life is in overdrive, yet I'm going nowhere fast. It's like sitting in the time warp that is my job with the parking brake on and the gear in reverse.
I Have No Idea What I'm Supposed to Be Doing Right Now...But I'm Definitely Doing a Lot of It
I'm multitasking to the point of work schizophrenia. I have multiple personalities flying off the keyboard as I work to keep up with all the projects and to dos and conference calls and...Calgon, take me away!!!
So my question to you is, do you think this multitasking, neve
I'm not sure myself, but I can't really focus on this right now...it's Friday afternoon and my cell phone is ringing and my beeper is beeping and my instant messaging client has multiple windows and my fire alarm is going off and....and I just have to run to a meeting down the street at my local watering hole where I'll be bemoaning to my colleagues the fact that I can't get anything done because I'm always too busy telling someone else what I'm trying to do!!!