The last few weeks have been hectic to say the least. So much so that my blog posting has been severely restricted. Like many people today, I split my time between a number of different job roles and clients, meaning I am constantly having to juggle priorities to ensure I meet many different expectations — with work delivered both to the right standard and within a given deadline. Unfortunately the volume of work and life commitments recently has meant that something had to suffer — namely this blog. The situation should improve somewhat over the next month and I’d like to get back in to the rhythm of posting regularly.
Funnily enough, the Beeb called me up last week and asked me to comment on the role that technology plays in the modern life. I’m appearing on the BBC Radio Manchester breakfast show tomorrow morning alongside a self-confessed Luddite to talk about the gadgets that I can’t live without. It got me thinking about whether the preponderance of communications technologies on which we all (except the Luddites) rely is responsible for the increased pace of life, or whether it just helps us all to cope with a trend that was happening anyway.
I think the answer comes down to the individual. For me, having a laptop with broadband access, means that I can work from my bed if I want to, as I am now. Admittedly I am working on a Sunday, but that is my choice and it is enabled by the fact that the tools of my work are so portable.
By contrast, imagine a junior executive in a full-time office role. The Blackberry with which he or she might be equipped isn’t a chosen tool to allow them to work more flexibly. Rather it is a work-assigned tether to the office, eating in to their free time.
In either case though, the technology is a fundamental enabler of the knowledge economy in which we all exist today. Though you can’t disentangle the development of one from the other, I for one am happy to working in an economy where I can choose when to work, and can make a living from selling my creativity of thought. Especially when I get to be creative in such a comfy environment.