This is wonderful time we live in. Technology innovations make our lives easier, keep us connected to our friends and family no matter where they are, and make us more efficient. Or do they?
You need look no further than your smartphone and smartwatch. They are amazing devices, little computers in our pockets and on our wrists, something from the world of SciFi only a few decades ago.
Ouch! A slap brings me back to reality. When it comes to devices that zap productivity these in my opinion are the worst.
I couldn’t begin to count how many times I have stopped doing the work I was engrossed in just to see what new email that little smartphone chime had ushered in. How about that Facebook notification from your best friend? You surely don’t want to seem rude so you stop what you are doing to “Like” their post and reply. How long did it take for you to get back in the groove? My guess is either a good bit of time or you didn’t get back to it at all.
The list of interruptions is almost endless. News headlines, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest and instant messaging are all part of the problem. Social media apps are meant to hook you and then keep you hooked, that’s how they make money. Too many times I’ll check my email and then think, maybe I’ll just take a minute and check Facebook or jump on Twitter and before I know it I’ve blown 30 minutes when I could have — no I should have been productive.
At one point it even got so bad that I had incoming email alerts pop up on my smartwatch. I get a ton of email everyday and it was vibrating every few minutes with new messages. I couldn’t help myself, I had to look, ’cause hey, why not. Oh the convenience of it all.
Now don’t get me wrong, both of these devices are extremely useful. Aside from staying in touch with friends and family, you can definitely get some real work done on a smartphone. I can stay in contact with customers either via phone or text and I can respond to urgent emails when I’m not in the office. I can even compose documents, modify spreadsheets and maintain my calendar. These are all good uses of this technology. It doesn’t mean however, that they need to be used for work only. Smartphones are great media consumption devices, whether that is Netflix, the whole host of social media apps, or even gaming for when you have a little downtime. We…