Distorted Urgency

Posted by Angela on in Uncategorized |

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?



  • Angela says:

    Thanks for your response!

  • Angela says:

    I was attempting to illustrate the disconnect between a goal and the convoluted path that derails one from achieving their goal. One must develop a strong filter to determine which requests are truly urgent and need an immediate response. For example, I do not answer all of my phone calls. Instead, I use a filter to determine if the phone call is a priority over the task at hand. After completing the task, I retrieve the voice mail and determine the priority of the request and place it into my schedule. Often, I return calls at an appointed time (usually twice daily). I use a similar strategy with e-mails.

    Thanks for your helpful comments! I hope I’ve been able to provide a bit more clarity on this subject and plan on revisiting this with more depth in the future.

  • Oh, boy. I could go on and on about this subject matter. People who have a warm relationship with their cell phones have probably never spent several years waking up and going to bed with it like I have!

    Mine will be happiest when it finally finds it’s resting place at the bottom of the ocean.



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