I love my BlackBerry™. I’ve written many posts on my BlackBerry. I’ve replied to many comments and emails from my BlackBerry. But with eight different email accounts all going to my BlackBerry (and Twitter, FaceBook and WordPress for BlackBerry too!), the device can become quite distracting. Each time it beeps when an email arrives, I pick it up, take a look at the email, respond (or not respond) and then go back to my work. This could happen twenty times a day…or more! I learned to accept these interruptions as being part of the new era of instant everything.
One day I accidentally left the BlackBerry in “Quiet” mode. Instead of beeping when an email arrived, it just blinked at me with it’s little red light. OMFG! Why didn’t I do this sooner?! I’ve been having very productive days by leaving it in Quiet mode and, every once in a while, like after thirty or more minutes of work when I need to stand up and stretch a bit before sitting back at the computer, I grab the Blackberry and look through the emails while I pace around the home office. Sometimes I will stand and stretch and NOT grab the BlackBerry, so several hours can go by without looking at any emails! You know what? Even though I am not reading and responding to emails the moment they arrive, I have not seen any increase in domestic terrorist activity, any increase in the homicide rate nor any increase in the frequency with which I have sex. (This last one is very disappointing.) But I feel less stressed, I’m more productive and the hurry-up-do-it-now psychosis has noticeably diminished. So I highly recommend silencing your BlackBerry. It will improve your daily work routine. It will make you less stressed. It will improve your productivity. However, it may not improve your sex life.