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February 5, 2010
Working, Playing and Resting...
 
 


According to recent reports, we now live in the most productive period in history.  Jobs that took hundreds of people to do are now being performed by a single person... all due to automation and technology... the computer and the Internet...

Think about it for a moment...

When we were an agrarian society, it took literally 10 people to farm 80 acres... today three people can farm 800 acres because of the machinery and technology... an entire steno pool was dedicated to typing letters all day long... a corps of accountants and secretaries were needed to produce, organize and present data needed to make daily, monthly and annual business decisions...

Today... computers allow us to type our own letters, create spreadsheets to track data in real-time and help us to create world-class presentations.  The Internet allows us to gather information of all ilk... quickly and efficiently...

Secretaries are no longer necessary to take messages or contact clients on our behalf... voice mail, e-mail and texting have taken over those functions.  The days of the two-hour / three martini lunch are gone... these days it’s all about work... productivity... and optimization... 

But those same tools that make us so productive also provide us with distractions and opportunities for prolonged procrastination...

The Internet is a vast depository of knowledge and information.  It provides us with the unprecedented ability to communicate with people of the world in order to share ideas and thoughts.  It also can be a wasteland of time and energy...

The French have a term, la perruque.  It means the "wig" and is slang for a particular disguise.  It refers to what you do for yourself while apparently going about the job that you’re paid to do.  If you visit your facebook site when you should be preparing a sales report...this is la perruque...if you’re making travel plans, texting your kids about homework assignments, reading the latest gossip about Michael Jackson or American Idol, trading stocks, or bidding on that collectible you just found on E-Bay... this is la perruque... 

La perruque is not stealing but rather its an acknowledgement that the line between your personal life and professional life has become blurred with the technology of today... in the same way that you think about work when you’re on vacation, discuss office issues at the dinner table or take work phone calls at home on the weekend... 

Your personal, public, and professional lives run concurrent of one another.  The key to a happy and fulfilling life is the ability to keep each of them in balance... making time for work, friends and family time, time alone with your thoughts and time to clear your head with some kind of diversionary activities, time to exercise, release your creativity, or learn something new and a time to rest...

Balance doesn’t arrive on a time schedule of 8-hour blocks... work 8-hours... play 8-hours... rest 8-hours... activities are intertwined throughout the day and night...

Balancing all of this time makes for a happier life and a happier you. Your mind and your body crave balance as much as the other essentials to sustain life like oxygen, food and water...

Remember... work hard... play hard... rest...

Thank you very much for all of your support of OptiFuse where try to remember what’s important to you...

 


Jim Kalb
President
OptiFuse
jimk@optifuse.com

 

 
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