Technology has blurred the lines between work and personal time. People can work in virtual offices at times that are outside the typical 9 to 5 day. Cell phones and wi-fi are ubiquitous. We are in constant contact with others. Sounds great, right? Yes and no. This type of connectedness allows a great amount of flexibility and productivity but also doesn’t provide a great bit of distinction of work time and personal time. Work is spilling over into time that was typically reserved for family time or even sleeping hours. Days become a churn of work that continues with no beginning and no end. This isn’t limited to work situations – friends and family begin to call, text and e-mail at all hours and expect an immediate response. All communication has become urgent and the filter for processing and responding is overwhelmed.
How’s your urgency filter?