The question of whether technology is hurting or helping us is not an easy one to answer. In fact, if we were to spend any amount of time whatsoever honestly evaluating this subject I believe we could make an effective argument for either case.
To prove that point let’s consider a couple of the ways that technology can hurt us in our time management plan followed by a couple of the ways that it can help us.
How Technology Hurts Us…
One of the biggest ways technology can hurt us is by making things too easy. It’s a proven fact that your brain gets stronger with use. When we rely on technological advances, whether that’s defined as a computer-based program or the use of something more mobile such as our cell phones, we run the risk of harming our memory simply by letting it go lazy on us.
Another way technology can hurt us is it can cause us to over plan our lives. We can look in our handy-dandy cell phone and see that, if we’re real careful at sticking to our schedule, we just might be able to squeeze in that time to volunteer for that project. I know I have personally done this and thought afterwards that if I’d not been able to look at a glance and see that 1 hour opening I would’ve had an hour to relax or just not be so rushed. If I’d not had my schedule at-a-glance I would’ve deferred answering and I would’ve had more time to think about whatever request was posed.
How Technology Helps Us…
One of the biggest ways technology helps us is by making things really easy for us. In the short-term this can be a plus as it just simplifies our already over hectic life (though the flip side minus is mentioned above). It’s easy to take out our cell phone and program in a task so we don’t run the risk of forgetting it. In that way, we can effectively carry our planner with us tethered to our side and be able to see at a glance whether we will have time to bake those cupcakes for our child’s class or at least swing by the local warehouse club and purchase some.
Another plus is that it can help us keep from over scheduling our lives. We can see immediately if we have time to do this or that.