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Timformation Overload

September 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

It’s all a bit much, really. Email, Voicemail, Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, Bebo, Blog, Wiki, Intranet… Electronic communication makes it possible for 500 people to talk to you at once, and in my case, it feels like that’s exactly what’s happening.

Don’t get me wrong – I love communicating – and it’s great to have so much going on, but I feel like I’m spinning so fast I’m blowing people off.

People that I care about – family, friends – even clients, are witnessing my lack of ‘bandwidth’… I’m working hard to move through the 300+ unreplied emails in my inbox, the 50 unanswered messages on Facebook, return calls etc. But I know that my significant delays must just come across as plain rude.

I’d like to be as respectful and courteous with electronic communication as I am with real world communication – if people speak to me, I generally say hi straight away, not six weeks later.

I’m working hard to be great at this stuff, but in the mean time, here’s a tip – I ALMOST ALWAYS answer my mobile phone, so if you’re trying to rise above the noise of my digital life, let your fingers do the walking.

All tips and advice gratefully received, you just might not get a reply. 😉

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