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Friday, February 22, 2008

Striking Balance

If you get to check my PC logs...both from work and home...as well as laptops...and internet access via my mobilephones, one might wonder what time of the day I really get to have REAL and meaningful rest/ sleep because those logs will tell you that I'm practically wired 24 by 7!

Today's technology just afforded us way too much multi-tasking! I did mention it in one of my post last week that I'm such a multitasker right? A chronic one at that! I just have all the technology that would allow me to be connected 24 hours a day...and I'm quite amuse and satisfied with this.

But what happens when we become addicted to this connectivity? Do we exclude the other important dimensions of our life?

My pendulum personality would have rushed myself into forming thousands of ways to answer that question...yet I chose to slow down this time and ask myself further questions...

(1) What does it mean to have work/life balance?

(2) What can happen to you when you allow yourself to become out of balance?

I wish I have meaningful answers to those questions. So instead, let me just share with you Stephen Covey's thoughts, but before that I would love to hear yours! Care to share?

4 comments:

thailandchani said...

Okay.. well as long as you asked. :)

I'm not a big fan of Steven Covey because he supports the system as it is.

All the interconnectivity hasn't brought us together as we might have hoped. Actually, it has distanced us further, causing relationships to become too utilitarian and shallow. There is very little balance in life anymore for those who don't fairly strictly monitor the technology and how they use it. (I as an example have a computer and internet access.. but do not use any other gadgets.)

The only ones who really benefit from all of this are the corporations who can wire working people 24/7 and further exploit them.

You asked. :)

lisa marie said...

If it wasn't for the internet I would not have met my husband. If it wasn't for cell phones I would not have been able to leave my children at home while I ran to the store, and I would have worried about my teens more on the roads. Sure, I think we lean on our devices too much but . . .

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

One thing I've been doing is to try to form rhythms through my week and unplug when I need to. It's one reason I was gone from blogland for a bit this week - I knew I had major work deadlines and it helped me keep my nose to the grindstone, which I had to do.

bipolarlawyercook said...

It can be a major source of connection, but also a major source of connection. I've been trying to be better about limiting online time spent just poking around, so that I read more books and go out more. I find myself falling a bit too easily into the hermit mode.

I'm terrible at organization and time management systems because I can't concentrate on them well-- but David Allen's Getting Things Done works for me when I put a little effort into it.