Hooray for connectivity

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I used to wonder why anyone needed to be connected to work 24/7. Well, not everyone — there are some jobs where it’s pretty clearly warranted — but I couldn’t see any reason for me to be like that. Except now, I do.

I’m writing this on my phone. While sitting in a parking lot. At the airport. Waiting for my mother-in-law’s plane to arrive. Today, this tiny gadget is the fulcrum upon which my work and my life are balanced.

I’ve always had a tendency to take multitasking to the extreme; it seems to run in my family. (Even though research shows that multitasking may be a myth, I don’t really believe it.) No one my family seems capable of simply sitting still or doing nothing. My mom brings crossword puzzles with her everywhere she goes; my dad, a scientist, is almost always scetching out a mysterious equation on whatever scrap of paper is handy.

So being able to check email or approve comments or even tap out a two-fingered blog post on the fly feels … Satisfying, somehow. As if I’m putting time that would otherwise be wasted to good use.

Of course, I may be missing out, going through life on constant overdrive. There’s something to be said for standing still and watching the Universe move. But, to me, that knd of reflection is different from listening to the radio and waiting in an airport parking lot.

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  • I am not in love with my gadgets, but I have to admit they have freed me up a lot over the years - to be putzing around versus chained to my desk / computer. In my previous job, most of my clients were Japan-based, so I’d have office meetings at 8am, project deadlines at 4pm, and conference calls at midnight. Regularly, 52 weeks a year. So if I hadn’t had a Treo and wireless computer connections, I probably would have checked into a looney bin long ago.

    I have always chosen to NOT answer unscheduled business calls outside of work hours, to NOT set up expectations of instant email responses 24 hours a day, etc. Otherwise, the “flexibility” could come back to bite me. I have a coworker who thinks all of her clients and contacts should imagine she is at her desk 24/7/52, even when she’s actually on vacation in Peru or China. Whatever floats yer boat, but I’m not going to give into that pressure.

    SKL  |  June 18th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

  • Using your time wisely isn’t a bad thing - it’s a good thing. Being tethered to work 24/7 is a whole different animal. Blogging while you wait in a parking lot is using your time wisely.

    Daisy  |  June 18th, 2009 at 9:29 pm