This is a post about personal productivity, or the lackthereof.
I spent most of today on a plane back to
Fortunately, on the
However, prior to that I was reading an article in Newsweekabout personal productivity gurus.
You know, Robert Allen’s “Getting Things Done” (“If it canbe done in 2 minutes or less, do it now”…”Ma) or Julie Morgenstern’s “NeverCheck E-mail in the Morning” (“Email is nothing more than a series ofinterruptions and distractions that appear in your IN box without aninvitation.”)
Then it dawned on me how more productive that my colleagues andI might be if we gave ourselves the basic luxury of opting-in for more interpersonalcommunications at the workplace.
When I first started with
If you wanted to schedule a meeting, you had to work withthe group assistant to try and get everyone together in the same room at thesame time.
In other words, scheduling a meeting actually took some actualeffort.
Now, with our Lotus Notes calendaring, anyone canschedule a meeting or call anytime for virtually anything. And they often do.
Each meeting is almost always an hour in length. Whether you need the full hour or not,they’re an hour long. You can set yourwatch by them.
Less friction in electronic calendaring seems to havetranslated into more conference calls. Inturn, more conference calls have translated into more instant messaging, whichhas, in turn, resulted in less work.
Less work has turned into less productivity, which actuallyhas translated into more productivity.
How’s that, you ask?
Because the people who are actually doing something andadding value for our clients by building a product or service, or attending totheir needs, etc., are able to focus on what they’re doing because the peoplewho are busy scheduling conference calls are too busy doing that to bother theothers.
Unless, of course, you’re on an airplane, like I amnow.
Then, so long as the guy near the window moves across to theother side of the aisle, and you get access to that middle seat-back table, youcan actually pull out your laptop and get some real work done.
Failing that, you can at least make a to-do list of what allyou’re going to do when you get back off the plane and on to that endlessstream of hour-long conference calls.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to-do lists to make and meetings to book.[Read More]