Would you like to take your laptop on vacation? Do you sometimes “hate” your cell phone or your blackberry? Harris Interactive recently reported that one-third of vacationers have laptops on vacation. I recently watched a man sitting with his family talking on his cell phone while having a Sunday meal at a restaurant. Obviously about business. He wasn’t happy-and his family wasn’t!
In other words, Charles Dickens, “It’s the best time. This is the worst time. This certainly applies to” connectivity. ” The story of the 9-11 victims who were able to communicate with their families in the last few minutes of life warmed my heart, but my friend said that her mother was during the birth of her grandson. Delivery room frozen my soul.
When I came across a young woman stuck on the highway, I was very grateful for my cell phone and was able to get immediate help. How convenient is it during your vacation to use the internet to explore entertainment venues in the area on a rainy afternoon and get directions for easy finding? How heartwarming it is to know that my family can contact me in an emergency-or to celebrate something! -No matter where I am in the world. The same is true for my colleagues.
So here’s the question: Should you bring your laptop on vacation? Does your mobile phone need to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Customers often ask, “What should I do?” My answer: “That’s the wrong question. The question is” What do you do? ” Perhaps a better question is “what do you want to do?” Perhaps the best question is “what is your behavior?” Do you get the best results? To answer this question, you need to take the time to answer, “What is your best result?”
We have repeatedly argued that the definition of the term “organization” is “to control what you can control and to be able to deal with what you cannot control.” In the complex world we live in, especially at the level of connectivity available, we tend to fall into the trap of feeling sacrificed by others. I’m sick when someone complains about having to answer my cell phone. Who said? If you don’t want to be contacted, you can turn it off. If you need to be reachable because your job needs it, the question may be “Am I doing the right job?” Or did you just train people to be “always available”? Customer service is great, but you don’t need to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good communication is required. It’s very frustrating to leave a message and not respond for days, but if you get a response an hour later, things don’t get much worse and you can have lunch with your colleagues uninterrupted.
Connectivity is addictive. My daughter, who holds a PhD in counseling, reminded me that addiction reduces the quality of life for you and those around you.
So what does all this have to do with productivity? My passion is to create and maintain a productive environment for individuals and organizations so that everyone can work and enjoy life. When used properly, connectivity can help you get the job done and play. Improper use can also compromise workplace priorities, compromise health, and compromise relationships.
The question is not whether to take your laptop on vacation or leave your cell phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is beneficial to be able to check your email once a day during your vacation. You can rest assured that you can do it while others are sleeping or swimming. For others, the overall idea of vacation is not to bring your laptop. The question is whether your choice will improve or reduce your life and the lives of those around you.
That is, “power off” or “power on?”-It really depends on you!
PS: Think: The ability to make a connection more valuable is to be able to find the information you need, when you need it. Are you wasting valuable time finding what you need? If you need it, can you find what other people in your office have? Otherwise, fill out the Production Environment Scorecard (www.ProductiveEnvironment.com). We offer a 30-minute free telephone consultation to identify specific actions that can be taken to ensure that everyone in your organization can perform them. Appropriate measures. Providing the right information at the right time.