Finding Time by Setting Time Boundaries in Our Ever-Evolving Cyber World

BoundaryI read an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal this morning.  It’s by Jessica E. Vascellaro  and it proposes that we are coming to the end of the “e-mail era.”  She begins:

Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over.

In its place, a new generation of services is starting to take hold—services like Twitter and Facebook and countless others vying for a piece of the new world. And just as email did more than a decade ago, this shift promises to profoundly rewrite the way we communicate—in ways we can only begin to imagine.

With e-mail, we check our in-boxes in “bursts” – and messages wait there for us, to be retrieved when we choose.  In the evolving cyber world, however, we appear to be moving in a direction in which we are always “plugged in” and information comes in an ever-flowing stream.

David Liu, an executive at AOL, calls it replacing the in-box with “a river that continues to flow as you dip into it.”

That is certainly the way that Twitter works.  And Facebook, too.  While these tools offer a lot in the way of ease and breadth of communication, they also can be MAJOR time drains. What do you do when you are bombarded by a constant flow of information?

Reading about ANY of the on-line tools that we have at our fingertips, I am reminded of the fundamental importance of time boundaries as we spend more and more time on the internet.  Time boundaries don’t involve software or technology; they involve choice, discipline, and follow-through.

I’ve written lots about time boundaries here on The Time Finder, and will be interviewed by Melissa McCreery in a FREE teleclass on Wednesday, October 21 at 7PM ET.  Melissa will be interviewing me about:

  • How to REALLY value your time and your boundaries;
  • How to find time;
  • Do-able tips for protecting your time and setting boundaries that work; and
  • How to protect your time from the requests and demands of others.

Time boundaries are so key in finding the time for what matters most! Please join us on the 21st – and drop me a line – I’d love to hear your thoughts about this!

What if you could find another hour every day? You can! You are invited to sign up and download The New Finding Time Boundary Template. It’s FREE, and when you sign up you will also receive (if you don’t already) my FREE, weekly Finding Time Tips and my FREE, monthly Award-Winning Finding Time E-zine!

Let’s explore time together …

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