The great challenge of modernity, in which some resources are scarce and others are increasingly vast, is to achieve better and better results in the shortest possible time in the midst of a whirlwind of distractions .
The problem is thinking that improving personal time management is the great solution to that challenge; But currently, there are at least 3 huge threats to our productivity :
- Our attention is being attacked by hundreds of stimuli that are increasing. Hundreds of weekly notifications, text messages, comments and posts on social networks and, of course, emails form an army that filters almost instinctively into our minds.
How many times a day do you see your mobile?
- Between 1 and 10
- Between 11 and 20
- Between 21 and 30
and. More than 30
If you answered:
- You probably don’t have a smartphone or you don’t need one.
- Your life is free of distractors from your attention through mobile.
- Your mobile starts to become a great ally or a great enemy, you decide.
- Your mobile is taking priority in your life. What are you failing to attend to?
and. Your mobile is a priority in your life. Its use can affect your present and future.
What non-personal information do you look for most often?
- Text messages
- Social media
and. Internet search
- The decisions that we must make are increasingly complex and impact more. When you receive an e-mail or a call and an unexpected visitor appears at your work, you ask yourself: what should I do first? Should I delegate this task A to a collaborator to focus on task B? What impact would this have? in the productivity of the collaborator? What risks do I run if I do not receive the unexpected visitor?
Additionally, we can add that companies are so fascinated with achieving goals, measuring performance and being more competitive, that it seems that they generate more indicators, more objectives for people. This, rather than contributing to their achievement, causes exactly the opposite effect and day-to-day decision-making becomes more frightening .
3. Our energy is in crisis . The consumption of stimulating beverages, such as coffee, or beverages with a high sugar content, such as soft drinks and energy drinks, has ceased to be a complement or a casual satisfier and have become almost essential sources of energy for all teams of work that I know.