For those of us in our Mid 40's to Mid 50's -
Do you remember your office before fax machines?
I'm sure many of us remember our office before email!
Important documents were delivered by courier. One company I used to work for had a daily courier run between our office and the corporate office. It was done by the same wonderful elderly gentleman - Mr. Bushrod.
Remember paper phone messages?
Remember companies having their phones answered by a person?
Remember when you could call your dr and immediately tell the person you need an appointment instead of waiting to hear which number to push - just to leave a message to be called back some time that day?
Ahhhh.....the good ol' days.
While some of the technology advancements are wonderful and very useful, I often feel that I have so many "urgent" things to attend to that I get overwhelmed and KNOW that I will never get it all done today.
It is virtually impossible to try and set aside some segment of time to work on a task and get it done. To me, managing my time means forwarding my office phone to voice mail, I turned off the pop up reminder in outlook that would flash on my monitor for every single email received - Just so I can manage the "incoming" information and data at a pace that works best for me. I feel as if my "hard drive" has a 20 MB capacity while I'm required to process 100 MB of data constantly flowing in.
I don't enjoy the pace of today's workforce - not at all. People work longer and longer hours just to be rewarded with more and more work.
There must be a way to balance it all - at least part of the time.