Patricia Paul replied to the topic Are We the New Pavlov’s Dogs When it Comes to Email and Social Media? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 8 years, 8 months ago
I have been wondering about this very same question recently. I heard a report that recently that for the most part, we are not successful multi-taskers. While we may think that we are getting “so much” done because we are involved in multiple tasks at once, the research shows that we are not that good at it (sorry I can’t remember the source for the research).
So as I sit at my desk and watch the email alert go off, hear my iPhone jingle with a new message, and work admidst the busy environment of life, I wonder if I should start turning off or tuning out outside stimuli that are interrupters to my goal of “getting the job done really well and right”. I have a hard time letting the phone go to voice mail–can’t stand to see the red light blinking–even if I know that the call is not one that I am excited to receive. I know that if I don’t pick up the phone now, returning the call goes on my “to-do”list. If I see an email come in, I try to focus away from the email and back to my task, but again, I know that I have a “to-do list” growing with each “ping”.
However, if what you say is true, I could still accomplish everything quicker and more efficiently by focusing on the task at hand and compartmentalizing when to check in on the individual “to-do lists” created by voice mail and email and all of the other media that connects us all so well.
I’m going to try an experiment and see. Now, I am in Business Development so every call or response email could be a closer step to speaking with a decision maker (hate to miss or postpone that opportunity)–so this is going to be a challenge to undo my natural “jump to attention” that I have honed in my years of sales. I’m probably going to need a Drool Bucket (memories from a very old SNL skit come to mind).
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