Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Book Review - Rewired
Do you feel the need to always check your Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter at work? Is your Blackberry the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you check at night? Do you feel anxious after being disconnected from your email more for more than an hour? Have you ever read an e-mail and can’t remember what it said?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. Virtual effectiveness specialist and organizational expert Camille Preston, Ph.D.,PCC, has found that our society isn’t just wired, but overwired.
In her book, Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World, Dr. Preston explains how technological advances slowly crept up on us and consumed our lives. “First, you could carry a phone with you; then a computer; then, a phone that was a computer; and then, BAM! Before you knew it, the office was right there with you, all day, every day,” she writes.
While there is no denying that technology has made our lives easier, Dr. Preston has found that being overwired comes with a long list of harms (including damage to your brain, body, productivity and personal relationships).
For example, the Journal of Experimental Psychology finds that since employees are multitasking between projects, through e-mails, text messages and more, it takes 25 percent longer for them to do their job, ultimately costing companies approximately $12,480 a year in efficiency.
Dr. Preston’s goal is to help find a realistic balance between technology and life. She provides a straightforward approach to regain clarity and focus. Her strategy outlines how to leverage technology properly and thereby become more personally fulfilled and professionally effective.
About the Author
CAMILLE PRESTON, PH.D.,PCC,is founder and CEO of AIM Leadership, an organizational development company committed to fostering powerful, authentic leaders. As a psychologist, executive coach, writer, facilitator and public speaker, she guides companies and individuals to reach new heights of leadership, performance, efficiency, happiness and fulfillment.
Learn more at www.aimleadership.com
My Take on the Book
This book brings forth an interesting concept, the idea that if we can get our wired world under control, we will be much more productive in the end. The book had a ton of great ideas and resources that were shared with the reader. The ideas were practical and easy to implement. What I loved most about the book was that you could easily get through this book in a very short amount of time, but the information shared will last so much longer! This was a great book that will make you think differently about your life and how you can get your life back under control!
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