Doing Too Much

If today's technology allows us to be 20% more productive than workers were 20-years ago, does that mean we are really working 50-hour weeks in theory, instead of 40-hours? With e-mails, cell phones, BlackBerries, pagers and PCs connected to work from home and while on vacation, is this really the best use of our lives- to always be connected, to always be available, to always be interrupted, to always be "on"?

I don't think so. I don't think our human batteries can be drained routinely every day every week without some long- or short-term effects. Like losing your temper at minor things, like being distracted with inane technologically-driven interruptions while your kids, co-workers, or friends are trying to keep you engaged.

Once in a while, it might not be a bad idea to let people know that you're taking an electronic vacation, a weekend away from being immediately accessible, and a few days away from carpools, potlucks, practices and lessons. If you must be contacted, make sure people know it's for an emergency only. Unplug the natural way, breathe through your mouth, and just be in the moment. What a radical concept in 2006; think about it...