To be honest, I never thought I’d write a post like this. I’ve been a strong advocate of work life balance, measuring the minutes spent on each and loudly proclaiming the sacredness of personal time away from work… BUT… reality, as it often does, has intruded on my wishful thinking. Your and my reality, thanks to the world wide web, is now a 24/7 world.
While I’m sleeping, my Chinese colleagues are busily writing me emails and while they are sleeping, I am returning them. My friend in Africa is telling me about local conditions there and I want to share with him the latest gossip here. Real time connections with your colleague or friend means someone is staying up late or getting up early and the world’s expectations for instantaneous response is increasing the time pressure on us all. No longer can we wait until back at work to check emails… need to check them before going to bed… YIKES!