- I'm up to my eyeballs in work
- I'll have to get back to you once I get a breather
- I'm triple-booked; can you reschedule?
- Sorry--I dropped the ball on that
- I'm using lunch to dig myself out of email
Not to mention all the work emails timestamped after 10:00pm, or the fact your inbox already has 40 new emails when you get into work although you stopped checking it after dinner. Its starting to become an unsustainable pace.
Here's a quintessential example--a picture taken of a colleague's inbox. It's a little blurry, but if you can't make it out it says 1355 unread emails. (I happened to take this pic when she and I were both on a conference call, and I've been too busy to ask her why on earth her inbox was that full.)
1355 unread emails? Indeed, which is why I had to take a picture. There could be a lot of rational explanations about this, but here's one easy explanation. I myself get roughly about 150 emails a day. My coworker travels a lot, and she was gone the week before. So, it's easily conceivable that this is just backlog from her trip for a single week. That's just a sad statement for living high-tech today. I know that I'm busier than I've ever been, and every time I talk to anyone else (in my company or anyone else's), I always get the same reply--I'm swamped.
I've been thinking about blogging about this topic for a while, but ironically, I didn't have the time. I did have time to tweet about it, earlier though. (That's one of the things that makes me love Twitter--it's so much less of a commitment.)
How are you doing at your job? Busy? Yep, that's what I thought. Is it everyone in high tech? Is it endemic to the whole Western world? If you've got a spare 10 seconds, I'd love to get your comments.