Could This Be The Way To Claw Back More Time?
How to prevent modern technology eating away at your day ...
POSTED BY JACQUI FROST ON 20/08/2015 @ 9:00AM
When clients invest in a Call Handling service, one thing they often notice is they suddenly have more time. Let's be honest, time is one of your most valuable commodities. It's the 'thing' that you exchange to add value to your customers ...
So if you can boost your output (by creating more time to get stuff done), there's a chance your business could grow, don't you agree? The trouble is, even if you don't have to deal with phone interruptions, I bet you still get distracted.
"And I'm not blaming you. it's not your fault that modern technology has gotten so interesting!"
But with the likes of Facebook and other social channels, YouTube videos, emails and addictive online games ready to draw your focus at any moment, are you really surprised when productivity plummets?
So when I saw this neat little invention, I was curious. Let me tell you more.
Meet the Hemingwrite
The Hemingwrite is a clever digital typewriter, which reminds me of my school days. If you are of a similar age, perhaps you too can remember word processors.
Back then, word processors were a productivity revelation! You could edit and make changes to a document without having to start typing a fresh page. In fact, you could create a whole document and only print when you were happy with the final draft.
I'm sure word processors allowed for more creative scope (can you imagine how much harder it would be to write, without being able to edit or move text around?) And as a result, I'm sure many word processor users saw their productivity increase (once they had mastered the QWERTY keyboard anyway!)
Of course all this changed with the arrival of affordable home computers. Computers had way more scope and functionality and so word processors eventually went the way of the old-fashioned typewriter.
Distractions come at a cost
You see, with the arrival of the Hemingwrite, it looks as though 'old school tools' could come back into fashion - and for good reason.
"Distractions have a detrimental impact on productivity!"
In fact, would you be surprised to discover, it can take as long as 23 minutes for an individual to return to their original task after their attention has been drawn elsewhere? These are the findings of Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics who studies digital distractions.
Have the Hemingwrite's inventors found an answer?
Mark's findings are supported elsewhere and provide proof that it's smart thinking to avoid distractions - because it means you and your staff can get more done. I for one believe the inventors of the Hemingwrite are onto something.
They've created an innovative way for professionals to write - without distractions - whilst maintaining all the benefits of digital documents. That's because whilst you're happily tapping away on the typewriter-style keyboard, all your work is instantly and continuously synced and stored in the 'cloud' (if you have Wi-Fi connection).
Ready to swap your laptop for a Hemingwrite?
And I'm not alone in this thinking. After pitching for support on Kickstarter recently, not only did the product sell out, but the inventors raised more investment than their target.
I'm intrigued to see what will happen with this new writing tool in the near future.
Will busy professionals and writers be seen with a Hemingwrite on their desk rather than a tablet or a laptop? The results remain to be seen, but the initial response seems to suggest ambitious people are willing to invest in gadgets, if it will help them get more done.
"What do you think? Can you see yourself using a Hemingwrite? I'd love to know what you think so please tell me in the comments below!"
And, if your phone has become an annoying distraction, let us wave a little magic and help you out! Just give myself or one of my Genies a quick call on 01604 529170 and discover how a professional Call Handling service could transform your phone from an annoying distraction to a super powerful business tool.
Until next time ...
THE OFFICE GENIE
I had a successful 20-year career as an office manager and personal assistant; however, my job was no longer focused on the customers and became all about the numbers. My customer-focused background began when I was 12 in my father's independent carpet showroom. I had a spell with Marks & Spencer before I moved into office-based jobs. I have worked as a training administrator, a PA and PA/office manager in a variety of industries from manufacturing to the IT education sector.
Meanwhile, my husband Ian, a successful Northampton based Master Decorator and owner of Rainbow Frost, was losing out on work due to missed phone calls. When he was busy, callers were getting his voicemail but weren't leaving messages. I knew how to fix that problem!
I quit my job and took on Ian as the first client of The Office Genie in November 2005. Word quickly spread with the second client coming on board just one week later. The majority of our clients since have come to us through word of mouth recommendations and networking referrals. Over the years, I have become well connected in Northampton and Milton Keynes.
Outside of work I enjoy swimming, roller skating, the theatre and my cats and dogs!