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Organize + Energize: 5 Ways Technology Has Ruined Productivity

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 

Working with clients, I’ve realized that many people have been hindered by technology. Kids, teens, and adults are rapidly claiming to have undiagnosed ADD. I’m not a psychiatrist, but it doesn’t take one to see that everybody is distracted by all of the technology that they’re working with today, which is decreasing their productivity on a daily basis.

Here are 5 ways technology is ruining your productivity:

It’s one more thing we have to do. What did we do before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn? We didn’t spend precious time writing about what we were doing or documenting our day with pictures. Where do we find the time to do it now? Most people are trying to find extra hours in the day just to do laundry. Try taking it old school and logging off all of these social networking sites for a week. How many extra hours in the week will you get? You may be surprised.

It’s a HUGE distraction. The minute you switch your focus off of what you’re doing to check your social media, or even an email, you’re going to get distracted and lose focus. It’s so easy, even as I write this article, to check my email or search a website. You have to stay focused on the task at hand. Once you finish the task, then you can check your emails. You’ll find you’ll be more efficient and productive by staying focused on one thing at a time.  Unless it’s an emergency, it can wait.

There’s an APP for everything. During my presentations, attendees always ask if there’s an APP to help with certain tasks. I believe that certain APPS create more work. It’s one more thing we have to do. Take a look at how many steps it takes you complete a task in any APP you’ve chosen to work with. What ever happened to good ole’ fashioned pen and paper? It’s quick and easy.

You can mindlessly purchase items. How many times have you been distracted by something you’ve wanted to purchase on the internet and an hour later, you’ve totally gone off track from the original task at hand. Not only is this a distraction, but how much have you accumulated in your home from mindless purchases you’ve made with the click of a button? Check out your spare room and you’ll find the answer.

It’s not going to solve your disorganized life.  Just because we have this technology, doesn’t mean it’s going to make us more productive. Many disorganized people believe that a scanner, an APP or switching everything over to all digital is going to solve all of their problems. They are very wrong.  There isn’t a technology fairy out there that is going to wave a wand and make all of your chaos go away. It’s not going to happen. You have to get organized first, and then make the technology work for you in an efficient manner.

Think about how much time you’re wasting throughout the day. Is any of it related to what’s discussed in this article? How often are you losing focus and getting distracted in the day? What’s distracting you? This isn’t easy work, but if you want to become more efficient and productive, you have to put the work in to achieve great results!

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. She has also given over 70 presentations throughout the state. Watch Kristin LIVE every Thursday at 3pm here on GoLocal LIVE with Molly O’Brien.

 

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Kristin MacRae

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.

 
 

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