One of my main problems (and I use that word intentionally) with high technology is the way it makes me feel busy and still prevents me from being productive. Let’s break that down.
Keeps me busy:
With my cell phone, laptop, Facebook, and blog, I can stay in constant contact with either people or projects. I’m catching up with family or friends. I’m reading a good article. I’m just checking the scores. I’m writing a post. I’m doing lesson plans. I’m checking the bank account. I’m looking for a good deal on Christmas gifts. Obviously, I can stay busy with an Internet connection.
It prevents me from being productive:
When I don’t do the most important things first, all of the above activities can flush an entire evening down the pipes. Before I know it, the sun is gone, Malaki is tired, and I have papers to grade. As I just hinted, I think the key to solving this issue is doing the most important things first.
If I take care of my work responsibilities first, much less time will be spent on the interesting, but not-too-significant, news articles and sports stories. In turn, homelife will benefit, too.
Update: Mike Tong just said the same thing.