Manage Technology Before It Manages You

By Harold Taylor

One of my favourite newsletters is by Harold Taylor.  He is a Time Management Expert.  Sometimes I feel like I am old and live in the past.  This article so clearly states my views about technology that I see that my past helps me to manage my future.

An online poll of over 1000 Canadian adults (Angus Reid/Vision Critical Toronto Star, January 26, 2013) revealed that 90% of the respondents believed their smartphones made their lives more convenient. So convenient, evidently, that 30% of them went online before getting out of bed, 31% at the dinner table, 29% in the washroom and 42% before falling asleep at night,

Smartphones may be smart, but they lack intelligence. Why are we so willing to be at the beck and call of an idiot? The Internet leads anywhere, which for the undisciplined means nowhere. Why browse away the hours? Email, computer games and social media are endless, but our time is not. Why do we behave as though we will live forever?

Research shows that the Internet and digital technology can have a negative impact on our ability to learn, focus, pay attention, memorize and relate to others on a personal basis. It also gobbles up our time, encourages busyness and multitasking and stifles creativity.

The futures of our businesses, personal lives, and our nations do not depend on the development of technology, but on our ability to manage the technology we develop.

If you need help with time management routines please contact me. We can discuss different methods of time management during an in-person or virtual appointment.

Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, virtually using Zoom. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of teaching to reduce clutter, in your home, office, mind and time. She guides and supports you to be accountable for your time, to complete projects and reach your goals. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Seana Turner on January 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

    You and I are on the same page with this one. I’ve been talking about technology as month, with Sundays being focused on disconnecting. I don’t think any of us truly understand the toll that screens may be taking on our lives.

    • Julie Stobbe on January 24, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I agree that technology impacts us in way we don’t suspect. My children were home for the holidays and every evening we played cards or board games. I was really happy that was the past time we shared as a family and reflected on how many other families could put technology down and just enjoy each others company.

  2. Janet Barclay on January 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve read that we should stay off all devices for an hour before bedtime. Since I use my iPad as an ereader, and I like to read in bed, I just shrugged it off, but recently I’ve noticed that I don’t sleep as well on nights I read from my iPad.

    • Julie Stobbe on January 24, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I have gone back to reading a book (paper) at bedtime. I think you are right about sleeping better, but I didn’t put the 2 ideas together. I have always looked for practical ways not to use technology that will also not impact my productivity.

      • Janet Barclay on January 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

        In general, I prefer “real” books too, but there are some advantages to e-books:

        1. If there’s a word I don’t know, I can tap to look it up in the dictionary.

        2. When I’m reading something for my book club, it’s easier to mark passages I may want to refer to during the discussion.

        3. Using the Overdrive app, I can always get an e-book from the public library if I run out of things to read.

  3. Sarah Soboleski on January 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I have a paper planner for just this reason – one less screen I have to look at during the day! So many spot-on points in this post!

    • Julie Stobbe on January 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

      I like a paper planner too because I find it is faster to find what I need. You’re right it is another way to cut down on screen time.

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