In my world it is beneficial to be organized and use time wisely. Finding and utilizing the right tools to make the most of every minute in a day that doesn’t have enough hours is super important. Tools such as Hootsuite, Hootlet, Feedly and others have been lifesavers because they let me do more in less time and bring the information that I must have to do my job properly right to my desktop. I couldn’t possibly keep up with the massive volume of information let alone push out the same without them. So to say the least I love these tools!
There is a line however that at some point crossing could disable us. At what point do we begin losing skills, not to mention brain cells, because we use tools that make everything we do just that much easier? We are enabled to use less creativity because our tools do that for us. We are encouraged to use resources that a partnership offers to us instead of researching and writing our own material. We use links that we first shorten to meet our 140 characters with a tool and we speak in terms of acronyms like LOL and BRB because slang is is now how the world rolls. It happens in life too to our children right in front of our eyes. They text while sitting next to one another, Google things for schoolwork while playing XBox and Snapchatting. We used to have to walk to the library to WRITE a report. Now we type it up on the computer. This I’m sure every one of my old teachers is grateful for since I did not have very good handwriting….handwriting, that too is no longer practiced because we can type. UGH!
Before I proceed, I do want to say I do believe in saving time. Driving to the library versus walking there to save time is fine. Utilizing the internet is much faster than trolling the card catalog then spending a half hour trying to find the book and the reference or devoting an hour in front of Encyclopedia Brittanica which is all it used to take. Time saving resources and tasks are good but at what cost? The days of real card catalogs and the Dewey Decimal system are gone. I’m not sure this is an improvement but I will say that it is part of where the world is going and sometimes you can’t fight City Hall and lets face it, I would never have driven through Boston without my Garmin because the days of my road map navigation are thankfully history! We have programs that now separate our emails for us so we will know which ones are most important. Really? We can text from our cars hands-free, why? Because we can’t possibly wait :15 minutes until we get home? We network online, we date by filling out a form and we order take-out because it’s easier to do at 5:00 instead of learning to cook a meal where we know what all the ingredients are and how long they have been hanging around. We are becoming more and more impatient, less resourceful, more lazy and definitely more reliant on tools that do things for us, usurping us of the skills we all love to boast right here on LinkedIn.
At what point are these tools and resources hindering our ability to grow as people, employees and a society? Are they enabling or disabling and how will that affect the next generation of leaders? One never can tell about these things but we must wonder.