As technology improves, everyday many Dominicans are bombarded with messages and it seems to be growing at the steady rate. Every day there are new and improved ways to interrupt our work. Between e-mail, internet, fax, and mobile phones, we have entered the age of information overload. Unlike cities like Tokyo and Sillicon Valley, Dominica is still at a primitive stage when it comes to information technology. If you look around you can see the signs. For example lets take a look at cell phones before they use only to make calls – now there are cell phones which allows you to surf the internet, send email, take pictures,etc.
Hear me out; before you start pelting out. The information age brought with it many advantages to the workplace â€“ transactions that took weeks to finalize can be done in a matter of seconds. Likewise, we must also recognize the disadvantages the information age brought to our daily work ethics.
Few companies in Dominica have recognized this disparity and have implemented various types of time management training programs. Even so, you need to come up with a well thought out plan in order to meet your goals. Luckily there are several things you can do to make the most of your day, get things done, and still have time left over to relax.
One of the best things you can do to work smarter is to manage your incoming communications. Separate your work and personal e-mail accounts, and only respond to your work-related messages while you are in your office. Save the personal messages for later. Schedule blocks of time in your calendar specifically for this task, put a time limit on it, and stick to it.
Schedule your important phone calls as well. Allow sufficient time to contact your clients, but do (or try) not get entangled with personal conversations. Keep your phone time to a minimum, but do not be short or rude. Get a phone with caller I.D. and an answering machine, and put all non-essential calls on ignore.
Working smarter will help you keep up with the demands of the workplace while still maintaining a good work life balance and keeps you out of trouble 😀 .