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Aug 02
Modern working context, part one

​You know what that picture is about?

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Your current day. Yes. Your current working day. On the left, easy day, on the right, bad day …

Everything is planned, organized and should be running more or less easily. You are fully equipped. Hundreds of little actions have to be performed. Unfortunately, often, they have bad impacts between them. Let's start with describing a common working context by making an inventory of the common and usual equipment for a modern professional:

  • A desktop computer with password
  • A laptop with password
  • A personal cell phone with a PIN
  • A professional cell phone with a PIN
  • Head phones to listen to some peaceful music to get concentrated
  • Head phones with a microphone to make and to receive some calls
  • USB cables
  • An electronic cigarette (or an old school one) maybe?

Now let's make an inventory of the usual software set you can be using each day

  • A real-time communication tool
  • Your mailbox client
  • Your favourite streaming music provider
  • Your operating system
  • Your favourite personal mailbox opened in your favourite browser
  • WhatsApp, SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, … to be sure to be 200% connected

We all have our reasons to use each of them for good or less good reasons. Anyway, we use them. This is how it works nowadays. Modern life comes with a lot of tools, devices and habits.

Plus, sometimes, you can have some activities potentially provided by your boss because he's so cool, just as we are

  • Table football
  • Fridge with ice creams, drinks (a daily and real temptation)
  • Video games
  • TV screens

Without neglecting natural activities,

  • Receiving a visit in your office, in your company
  • Going to toilets
  • Fall asleep
  • Dream watching through the window
  • Talk about personal subjects with your work mates
  • Eat something
  • Drink something
  • Take a hot coffee

Until now, I did not mention any production activity. Work is about production right?

Now let's put some numbers by giving for each of them how many times they interrupt in a way or another in a month. It is a hard exercise but it has to be done.

 How they interrupt?How many times a month?
Desktop computer with a passwordScreen saver with password (forgotten?)5
Laptop with a password

Low battery

Screen saver with password (forgotten?)

10
Personal cell phone with a PIN

Low battery

Receive calls, notifications, texts

10
Professional cell phone with a PIN

Low battery

Receive calls, notifications, texts

Update

10
Head phones to listen to some peaceful music to get concentratedPut them on, put them off again & again150
Head phones to make and to receive some calls

Low battery

Put them on, put them off again & again

Fix Bluetooth troubles

80
USB cables
​Find one because it has become urgent right now
​10
Electronic or an old school cigarette maybe?Leave the building, come back inside100
Real-time communication tool Receive calls, sometimes unwanted calls100
Mailbox client

Receive mails, sometimes aggressive mails

Receive mails notifications, meetings as well …

800
Favourite streaming music provider

Update

Choose music

Ad interruption

60
Operating system

Update

Update password

5
Favourite personal mailbox opened in your favourite browser

Receive mails,

Receive mails notifications

120
Table footballA new temptation and fun temptation10
Fridge with ice creams, drinks, fruits, chocolateThis is addictive isn't it? J15
Video gamesLet's empty your head playing10
TV screensWhy not having an ice cream in front of the TV screen. Don't fall asleep please J5
Receiving a visit in your office, in your companyWanted or unwanted, pleasant or not, it is necessary for sociability40
Going to toiletsAny choice?50
Talk about personal subjects with your work matesNecessary for team effort, this has to be kept under control15

Eat or drink something

Be careful, electronic devices 30

Whatever time they last, each interruption breaks concentration and makes you think about something else. At this moment, an effort is required to go back on tracks.

For now, you have a good introduction and a way to start thinking about your own context. With the next part of this blog post, we will go further and deeper talking about productivity and OmniContext Personal Analytics.​

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