Context is everything.  We know that is true in a novel, a journal article, or a personal conversation.  It is also true in how we use our technology.

Yesterday, I addressed the importance of being certain our social media life and the associated personal technologies always remain our servant as opposed to being our master.  Today I look at context.

Yes indeed—Context is everything.  “Under the knife,” means one thing when you wrestle your steak at the dinner table.  It means something very different when your doctor suggests you must go, “under the knife.”

As you aim to keep your technology in its servant role, never ignore your context.  Checking an email as you sit in a convention with 800 other participants is not the same as checking an email as you are delivering a PowerPoint presentation to your boss.

Multitasking can be a helpful and productive endeavor.  Sometimes, being able to have certain information in mind now makes a big difference in how efficient you are later.  Sometimes, a quick text or email to a key colleague now greatly improves your organization’s effectiveness with a key client.  No one can deny technology produces these kinds of benefits.

Simultaneously, we must aim to recognize the significance of context and the limits of multitasking.  Sometimes it is not smart to interrupt what you are doing offline with something your technology brings to you online.  Multitasking has limitations.  A person genuinely cannot give full attention to two or three tasks at once . . . effectively.

Context is everything.  Let’s consider it well.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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