Pi Attitude Zone: Flexibility

Never Put Off Till Tomorrow...

Some of us would like to procrastinate more… but we keep putting it off…

Remember the days before being a little late became a lifestyle no-no?  Life’s not like that any more, unfortunately.  Now everything is urgent.  24-hour news cycles mean you can be hopelessly out of date on a developing story if you haven’t checked your screen for an hour.  The Twitterverse has to update itself on a second-by-second basis.  Big Brother employers use software to monitor their workers’ timekeeping. Businesses founder if their just-in-time delivery systems get interrupted for a day or less.  Consumer electronics manufacturers count product-introduction cycles in months, not years.  E-mails and Facebook beeps have to be responded to immediately.  An unanswered cellphone message or text can lose you a job, or a Meaningful Relationship.  A quarter of us eat fast food every single day.  Lunch breaks get shorter and shorter – the Tokyo stock exchange recently cut its lunch hour from 90 minutes to 60.  Stock markets trade shares by the million every minute, facing traders with a choice between perpetual vigilance and quite possibly losing their (or their company’s) shirt. 

Bizarrely, society seems to welcome all this. We rush to upgrade our personal communication devices to the fastest and most intrusive latest models.  We download digital “life management tools” like RescueTime to help us avoid time-wasting activities.  And willingly or otherwise we switch from full employment contracts to getting paid by the hour – around sixty percent of Americans are already paid that way.

Whatever happened to sitting-and-thinking time?  It used to be the key to creativity and innovation.  World-changing ideas came not from doing things fast, but from doing them right, which of course nearly always took longer.  Innovation-hungry companies insist they want “more creativity” from their employees, yet relentlessly chip away at the time during which they can slope off and be creative.  Caught dithering, daydreaming, sailing too close to a deadline, or (gaaahh!) procrastinating?  You’re on a slippery slope towards unemployment.

It seems businesses are channeling the movie “Top Gun”:  “They feel the need… the need for speed…”  Pi thinks we’d all benefit from slowing down a little.

Oh, by the way, Pi would have posted this piece some time ago, but we kept putting it off…

Zone: Flexibility Country: Multiple Geographies Product – Business / Professional