Having information is not the same as knowing what to do with it. Sometimes more is just … more. Will a Blackberry make you better at your job? Are you sure about that?
In an interview with CIO Insight magazine, David Allen said, “If you are unproductive to begin with, technology will add something else you are unproductive about.” Having great tools is wonderful, but they don’t automatically bestow the skills needed to use them. It’s easy to have the illusion of productivity when you are constantly pushing information around.
Go ahead and get the Blackberry if you want it. If you also want to be more productive, you’ll need to
- be clear on what you’re trying to accomplish
- make decisions
- take action on those decisions
- follow up on the actions of others
- stay on track
Electronic devices such as Blackberrys are great for aiding you in those tasks (so is a pen and some paper). It’s you, however, who supplies the brain power.