Archive for the ‘digital’ Category

Appropriate Cell Phone Use

August 6, 2013

Is your cell phone always at hand and ready for you to use? Mine is almost always nearby but quite often I have my phone on silent. I figure whoever is looking for me will either leave a voice mail or send a text.

Do you think there are times and places where you should purposely not use your phone? I do. I can think of many situations where it is not appropriate to use your phone. The movie theatre or actually any show is one. Cell phone use in that situation disturbs the people sitting around you. At dinner, whether it is at home or in a restaurant is another place. It’s hard to have a good conversation if everyone is staring at their phone! I’m sure you can think of other situations.

Another particular situation is on my mind because of a TV ad I saw recently. Perhaps you’ve seen the same ad? The ad takes place in a bathroom. Why would you ever feel the need to call someone at the same time as you are using a toilet?  I bet the person on the other end of the phone doesn’t want to know that you’re in the bathroom. I bring this up because there is an ad on TV that highlights this very situation. The ad is actually promoting the fact that T-Mobile no longer has cell phone contracts. With T-Mobile you can replace your phone whenever you need to – regardless the length of time you’ve owned the phone. The ad I’m thinking of shows a man standing in front of a urinal  with his cell phone braced between his shoulder and ear. He is talking on the phone. It is a public bathroom with several vacant urinals in view. Another man walks into view just as the phone slips and falls into the urinal. The first man hesitates, the viewer is lead to believe he is thinking about reaching into the urinal to rescue his phone and then there is the promotion for the T-Mobile service. T-Mobile makes their point but I think the point could also be made by showing someone jumping into a pool and then realizing their phone was in their pocket.

What do you think? Do you think it’s appropriate to use your phone whenever and where ever you feel like it? I’m interested to know!

NAPO Conference

March 26, 2012

I returned yesterday from the annual NAPO Conference which was held this year in Baltimore. The weather was spectacular and the city beckoned but I will admit I did not see much of it. I attended every session I could so, naturally, that meant I was inside the convention center. Every NAPO confence I have attended has been great but I think that the more of them I attend the more I learn. You see, every year I go I meet more and more professional organizers. This means so much to me because now I can put more faces to names on twitter and facebook. Yes, I know the profile pictures are on on these sites but when I meet these organizers  in person I learn something about them and that makes a real connection for me. Amazingly, we all speak the same ‘organizing’ language. Aside from some personal catching up we talk about and share tips and tricks for scheduling, the kind of planners we use – digital or paper – and how to use them more effectively, challenges prioritizing and challenges with clients. Of course, when we talk about clients we talk in broad terms and do not share any identifying information!

Some of the classes I took gave me terrific insight as to why (and how to help) some of my clients who may be challenged by procrastination. I also took a workshop to give me some better coaching techniques – words or phrases to use to coach a client past stuck. I would love to help them arrive at a solution of their own creation – that they may be willing – even eager to use. Another workshop taught me how to help a client better organize their closet – what to keep and why.

As you might imagine, my brain is still on overload. I’m still processing what I’ve learned and am thinking about how I will incorporate some of these organizing strategies into my business to better assist my clients.

Digital Manners

February 28, 2012

Do you think that manners should not play a role in our digital communications? I disagree. For me manners are important. I know that it’s a challenge to be polite and follow rules of decorum in text messaging but I also know that it’s not necessary to be rude when you are being brief. The same thing holds true when writing e-mails. Here though, I believe some rules and manners can be applied.

For example, if a student is writing an e-mail to a teacher (or a professor) standard letter writing protocol can be followed. What do I mean? Well, I think a proper salutation should be used (Dear Mr., Ms , Professor, or Dr.followed by the last name). Often I think that because they are using an instant form of communication  people assume they can be familiar or friendly with someone they either don’t know or don’t know well. Also when writing an e-mail to someone unfamiliar put a good but brief statement of intent in the subject line.Then, following the salutaion,state why you are writing, a little about the topic, and the outcome you are hoping for then close with Regards and your signature followed by your full name and contact information.

This lets the person you’re writing know that you are professional, respectful and you are someone with whom they may consider doing business.

Consider the alternative. When a person receives a message that begins with “Hey” and that person doesn’t know the author of the message the outcome might not be what the author is hoping for.

It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to be polite and follow a few simple protocols. You can always relax those protocols and be more familiar in your e-mails if need be. It is very difficult to go from familiar to formal – that essentially is backpedaling.

I’m interested to know if you are always familiar in your e-mail writing or if you are sometimes formal.