Time Management in Techno-World

One might assume that technology is the answer to managing time more efficiently. After all, we can connect with people faster via email and chats, schedule appointments instantly, pay bills on line, transfer funds instantly – and the list goes on. While all these things, managed well, will indeed help us manage time, there is a downside to use of too many technology strategies.

How many of us use multiple forms of technology at the same time? For example, right now, I am writing this blog, while printing a document (that needs to be emailed today), while my electronic calendar is reminding me of an upcoming appointment and my cell phone just pinged with a new message. I am multitasking, and that is a good time saving strategy, right?

Maybe not.

Technology has taken multi-tasking to the next level. A recent Harvard Business Review[1] article suggests that the human mind can only focus on one thing at a time. We are not actually multitasking – we are ‘switch tasking’: rapidly shifting from one thing to another, interrupting ourselves which translates to losing time over the course of the day. A study, carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry, found excessive use of technology reduced workers’ intelligence, by a 10-point fall in “functional IQ” [2]. A Stanford University study concluded that “People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time.[3]

In conclusion, pay attention to how you are using technology. Are you over-multitasking and actually wasting more time by the end of the day?


[1] Harvard Business Review, How and Why to Stop Multi-Tasking https://hbr.org/2010/05/how-and-why-to-stop-multitaski.html

[2] Bergman, J. How and Why to Stop Multi-Tasking – Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2010/05/how-and-why-to-stop-multitaski.html

[3] Gorlick, A. Media multitaskers pay a mental price, Stanford study shows – Stanford News http://news.stanford.edu/2009/08/24/multitask-research-study-082409/

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