I Hate My BlackBerry (Droid, I Phone…) or Am I an Instrument of Efficiency

I’ve  just  finished  watching  a  commercial  for  a  new  Droid  phone  (you  can  put  another  name  in  its  place).   Am  I  to  believe  I  can  be  more  efficient  and  more  effective  by  answering  emails  IN  THE  MIDDLE  OF  A  MEETING?

I  have  so  many  issues  with  the  commercial  and  what  it  attempts  to  sell  I  want  to  SCREAM!  Let’s  start  with:

  1. Simple  respect  –  to  take  a  call  or  answer  an  email  during  a  meeting  or  presentation  is  just  rude.   Have  we  forgotten  manners?
  2. Listening  –  by  taking  your  attention  from  the  meeting  and  the  issue  being  discussed  you  CANNOT  be  listening.   If  you  are  not  listening,  how  can  you  be  engaged?
  3. Distraction  –  if  you  think  answering  a  call  or  answering  an  email  is  not  distracting  to  others,  you  are  kidding  yourself.   If  you  are  their  distraction,  how  can  they  be  listening?
  4. Focusing  –  what  is  your  definition?   Clearly,  it  is  different  than  mine.

What  I  believe  is  we  are  not  more  efficient  or  effective  with  all  this  technology  around  us.   How  many  times  a  day  while  working  on  a  project  do  you  read  and  answer  new  “urgent”  emails  as  they  arrive?   How  many  times  a  day  do  you  answer  your  mobile  phone  when  it  rings  to  take  an  “urgent”  call  from  a  friend  or  significant  other?   How  often  do  you  stop  what  you  are  doing  to  sneak  a  peek  at  your  Facebook  account  or  personal  email?

HOW  MUCH  IS  YOUR  INATTENTION  AND  DISTACTED  TIME  WORTH  IN  DOLLARS  AND  CENTS?

Let  me  be  clear,  technology  has  helped  make  me  be  better  but  most  of  us  have  let  it  take  control  of  us  because  we  BELIEVE  we  are  being  more  efficient  and  effective.

IT’S  TIME  TO  TAKE  CONTROL  BACK,  IT’S  TIME  TO  REMEMBER  “LESS  IS  MORE”

  1. Leave  the  devices  behind.   Respect  the  people  in  the  meeting.   Their  time  is  valuable  too.
  2. Pay  attention  and  listen.   If  it’s  that  important  someone  will  interrupt  the  meeting  and  believe  me,  IT’S  NOT  THAT  IMPORTANT.
  3. Set  an  example.   If  you  pay  attention  and  listen  you  cannot  be  the  distraction.   Others  will  follow  your  example.
  4. My  definition  of  focus  is  simple:  being  able  to  understand,  ask  pertinent  questions,  challenge  where  appropriate  and  come  to  a  conclusion  or  decision;  in short, finishing  the  task  at  hand.

It’s  about  doing  one  thing  at  a  time  and  doing  it  to  the  best  of  your  ability.   Put  away  the  ________  (you  fill  in  the  blank)  where  appropriate.   Listen,  focus  on  what  is  right  in  front  of  you  and  become  THE  Instrument  of  Efficiency.

About Bill Donnelly

Experienced Turnaround Executive, Certified Business Coach and Accredited Master Mentor
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