Life is consistently getting busier. At times it can be overwhelming. Every day, our world changes at a rapid pace. We have all the modern devices to be able to work faster, to be reachable 24/7, we no longer grate the carrots, beat the batter, whip the eggs, wring out the washing (or even hang it out), no more waiting for a phone call or a letter. Everything is done in a flash, and still we run out of time.
Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow provides some insights on this fraught relationship we have with all our smart technological devices. In an experiment that focused on mandating time off for consultants for at least one night per week, she noticed that , surprise, surprise — over time — their work lives improved.
But, here’s the thing:
Your business will not collapse if you don’t respond to e-mail at 11 PM.
Waiting until 9 AM has plenty of benefits that arguably outweigh the benefits of speed, such as giving ourselves an opportunity to think through the problem and provide a better idea that customers will appreciate.
Instead of acquiescing to the knee-jerk reflex of responding to every incoming message on our computer, or even worse on our mobile devices, we should put these devices in their place — that is, to serve us, and not the other way around. Creating boundaries around the way they impact your life can be revolutionary. Read More