Yesterday, upon returning to my desk after being out on Friday and in meetings all morning on Monday, I found an envelope on my desk that was sent via inter-office mail. Inside of the oft-recycled envelope were a series of desk calendar dates, each with a particular saying on them. Here is a sample of the Monday, December 7th entry:
Technology can become detrimental to your quality of life when you use the time it saved to get more work done.
The ideas contained in the desk calendar philosophy are not the issue I have; there isn’t one of them that I don’t agree with. (Even this one: Don’t allow yourself to become a slave to the devices that are meant to be a convenience for you.) Rather, why not present these to me in a manner that opens dialogue about what you are feeling regarding technology and its role in your occupation?
If I’ve learned nothing else in the past few years, it’s that there will be things that come into your sphere that you embrace quickly and then let go just as quickly. There are many additive technologies, but what truly makes a difference in our lives, especially the quality of our lives, is the types of technology that are truly transformative. Another interesting piece is how individualized it all is. What is revolutionary for me, is drivel and chore for someone else. However, we all need to strive to find the balance between that which is adding to our workload, and that which transforms it and makes it more efficient.
Right now, someone in my district is striving to find that balance, and letting me know about it too.