Always on <> productive

Noisead_chart2_213x496Now that I am always on, ie I have wireless (GPRS) access to most of my applications from my Tablet and my Treo I need to take care not too get dragged into the perils of “always on” addition.  The panel on the right, gives some insight into the issues courtesy of HP. 

When I had a Blackberry I felt the urge to check emails way too often for example, very similar to the addiction to e-Bay that my wife had but has now well and truly broken. 

My strategy is fairly simple, when mobile:

  • Switch off the notifications on my Treo
  • Gather the information I need onto my Tablet in advance, so I can focus on the tasks I intend to work on and don’t connect – and get distracted – unless I really need to
  • Only check my email when I have otherwise dead time,  have been away from my desk for a few hours, or get a phone call trigger that requires me to make a response

My strategy at home:

  • Switch off notifications
  • Make sure I make a plan each day – the tasks on the plan are the priority, not the email
  • Don’t have email visible – show my calendar instead
  • Only check my RSS feeds twice a day
  • Make sure I take some time away from email and RSS to meditate, exercise etc has some useful insights too

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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