My friend Eric directs a mid-size educational organization and this morning he called me up angry. One of his employees quit, suddenly, via email. “I’m pissed that he did it this way – he’s a bright kid – but the fact is – how he did it says it all. He was on his private email way too often and spent way too much time reading articles online instead of doing his job. Should have fired him myself.”
I thought of Eric’s anger later in the day as I was at my own desk busy fielding calls, responding to emails, and trying to successful complete a full day’s work. How many times was I lured away from a task because of an incoming message, a pop up something, or a colleague exclaiming about some FB status? Enough times to notice the distraction and lack of concentration. Enough time to not get enough of my important work done. I’d fire myself.
Forgive me for getting back to this online issue. I spend each time now on this PREPENT journey thinking about my repentance and what needs to be fixed in my life for more focus and happiness – and I can’t help but think about the things I spend so many hours doing daily: Fighting the digital temptation. How do we curb our e-enthusiasm and not get lured away from what we are doing at any given time?
PREPENT day 17 is about the fixing.
Baby steps to healthy balance.
Today’s solution: Cold turkey at work. Personal emails and FB? Not happening. What if it does? I’ll come up with consequences. Please help – if you see me on there or get a response from me that’s not directly work related during normal work hours – tell me off. Gently, but firmly. It’s what Eric should have done a long time ago.