Does your inbox make you want to get out-of-the box? In the office or teleworking, or in between with mobile smartphones, it’s fast becoming an OCEAN of emails and multiple portals/websites (DKO, milSuite, milBook, GovLoop, Basecamp, Facebook, Linked-In, Tweet, etc.). Waves of notifications that inform, interrupt and sometimes distract work with increased frequency. I know we’re just ramping up. So far, so good. But at some point is there a diminishing return on “noisy” productivity tools? Do we need to be on the alert for reaching that threshold?
Are there unintended consequences? Will we recreate the inbox of 100s of unread or unanswered emails with our new tools delivering a relentless high volume of unprioritized alerts? Will all of this information become the new digital background noise? Will it make it difficult to hear higher priority, timely, more meaningful communication that requires our attention? Responding to this deluge may induce a widespread artificial attention span disorder accompanied by hyperactivity and unfinished work.
How will we maintain a culture that can focus on analytical and conceptual creative tasks that require some time ― for continuity of thought, maintaining concentration to solve problems, and deliver innovative solutions? How can we manage these tools to serve us, the task at hand and our mission, before they turn us off?
Pulling the plug and climbing a mountain is not the answer. With this daily flood of incoming information, do we need to plan and act? Should we. create a “Virtual Ark” to save us, to preserve what’s unique and essential for our survival? Where can we find the balance to surf the tsunami and maintain our joy and wonder? This could be fun!
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