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Will Being Less Tech Connected Amp Up Productivity?

Cutting yourself off from the tech world periodically might be a painful necessity. A co-founder of PR firm InkHouse, Beth Monaghan, recently wrote an article on the Business Insider saying that her experiment to stop texting, IM-ing, emailing, Facebooking, tweeting (when she's having some downtime with her toddler) is making her a better worker. She's not denying herself completely, and she's only going on a tech strike when she's at home taking care of her daughter. I must admit, I envy her a little. I'm a bit guilty of being permanently plugged in, because of my job and because it's also my way of relaxing. But I can totally see the appeal of silencing the buzz of our little gadgets.

Monaghan said that she's coming up with better ideas, which definitely sounds tempting. I might give her way a go, but I want to hear from you readers first — do you think being less connected on the web and on your mobile phones will make you more productive?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Yes, I would definitely get more done around the house, but not enough to convince me to stop!
enginerdette enginerdette 5 years
I work in the tech consulting industry so I have to stay plugged in. My co-workers and I constant send texts and photos to each other in urgent situations when an email just won't cut it. (I know my CEO and VP get upwards to 300 emails a night! A text message from me lets them know that I need their attention now.)I also know that a lot of the senior members of my company need to stay on top of technology news. If one of our cloud computing providers (Google/Postini, Intermedia, etc.) crashes, we need to know ASAP so we can notify our clients before it becomes mayhem. If there is an update or recall for any of the products we resell and configure, we need to know soon so that we can schedule time with clients to make the changes. If there is a new, shiny gizmo coming out, we need to find out before our competitors do so that we can have a head start on the technology track. All of this information is usually provided almost instantaneously on tech blogs and news sites.On the other hand, social networking may be detrimental to my productivity... I love to chat too much. But it's okay, as long as I know when to ignore the incoming chat boxes and get my work done...
enginerdette enginerdette 5 years
I work in the tech consulting industry so I have to stay plugged in. My co-workers and I constant send texts and photos to each other in urgent situations when an email just won't cut it. (I know my CEO and VP get upwards to 300 emails a night! A text message from me lets them know that I need their attention now.) I also know that a lot of the senior members of my company need to stay on top of technology news. If one of our cloud computing providers (Google/Postini, Intermedia, etc.) crashes, we need to know ASAP so we can notify our clients before it becomes mayhem. If there is an update or recall for any of the products we resell and configure, we need to know soon so that we can schedule time with clients to make the changes. If there is a new, shiny gizmo coming out, we need to find out before our competitors do so that we can have a head start on the technology track. All of this information is usually provided almost instantaneously on tech blogs and news sites. On the other hand, social networking may be detrimental to my productivity... I love to chat too much. But it's okay, as long as I know when to ignore the incoming chat boxes and get my work done...
Deidre Deidre 5 years
I'd say this is definitely true in the case of having a young kid. I ditch my phone in a dish on the buffet as soon as I get home. Gives me much more time to focus on my baby. And the laptop typically stays off until she's asleep. It gives me more quality time with her, and I think it'll set a good example for her when she's older.
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