Multi-tasking is not quality accomplishment! But there is hope!

In this NY Times article, continued research and results around the detrimental impacts of distractions and constant interruptions.  The GOOD NEWS is the research is clear that we are able to do something about it, but re-training our brain!!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/a-focus-on-distraction.html?_r=0

Texting While Parenting

Could the growing use of hand-held electronic devices be an explanation for the increase in injury rates for young children?  The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article entitled, The Perils of Texting While ParentingCLICK HERE to read the full article.

Contributed by Kory Kogon – Global Practice Leader – Productivity

Technology Etiquette in the 21st Century – What would Emily Post say???

So the first question is how many of you remember or know who Emily Post is?  Well…google it to find out!!!!

And….think about your own quality of life, friends, family, work and the choices we make.  Technology is joyful, enriching and has unlocked the world to us….and we must rule it, not let it rule us so it turns into the “law of diminishing returns”…

Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article on 21st century technology etiquette.

Contributed by Kory Kogon – Global Practice Leader – Productivity

Technology Addiction?

After defining my Quadrant 2 Roles and really thinking about what was important in my life I started looking at how I spent my evenings.  I noticed (and so did my wife) that I spent considerable amount of time on the computer or my smartphone.  This often meant less time with my family.  Realizing that this was not in line with my Q2 role relating to being a great husband and father I decided to cancel the data plan on my phone and reduce the time on the computer at home.  (I can hear the gasps from many of you because I’ve heard them from my co-workers already… how can he not survive without a smartphone?!)

I still remember that for the first couple of days when there was down time I’d reach for my smartphone to check email or read my favorite blogs only to realize that I was no longer “connected.”  Habits that had been formed over the past few years would not easy break.  It also has been slightly challenging getting used to not having the “convenience” of having data at my fingertips.  I’ve had to print out maps, call people rather than email/texting, and often go without information at times.

Well it’s been a few weeks and I am still alive!  Actually I’ve found I have much more time to spend with my children and our relationships have greatly improved.  I notice that I pay more attention to people around me at work or around town.  I also notice how many people have their heads buried in technology as they go from one place to another not noticing people around them.  I don’t think I’ll forever be without a data plan… but this has definitely been a good exercise about disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with reality.  It has greatly helped to refuel my fire and refocus my life around what I feel is important.

Submitted by Kurt Kirkham, FranklinCovey Client