http://danoday.com/90minute Funny video of time management expert Harold Taylor, illustrating how we allow ourselves to be slaves to a ringing telephone and how we rationalize "working late' to make up for our wasted workdays.
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The telephone is programmed to ring, but who programmed me to respond? People say, "Well, I respond, too. That's a necessity; I have to answer the phone when it rings."
No, you don't have to pick up a phone just because it rings.
How do you rationalize this, then? Here I am, arriving home at night. I'm not at work, I'm doing anything for the company, it's not related to business at all. I'm on my own, personal time.
I'm about to put my key in front door when I hear my house phone ringing from inside the house. Now, I don't know about you, but for me there's nothing more traumatic than having a locked door between me and a ringing telephone. You talk about goals, about having that all-encompassing goal. No matter who I have to kill to get there, I WILL answer that ringing telephone.
I'm trying to force the wrong key into the keyhole. I'd never done that before, but you do funny things under stress. When the key wouldn't work, I actually broke the screen door. You have super human strength when you're under stress. The adrenalin flows, your heart pumps extra fast. I didn't realize I was using the wrong key; I thought the door was just stuck. Bam! I pushed right through that door.
As I went through that door, I realized I'd broken it because I know the sound of a breaking door. But what scared me about myself as I thought it about it later was at the time, I didn't care. Who cares about a broken door when there's a ringing telephone?
You don't even feel pain when you're under such stress. I smashed my shin on the edge of the glass coffee table, but I didn't feel a thing! Oh, I heard the sound of ripping flesh, but I was too busy staggering to the phone to feel pain.
And I got to the phone before whoever was calling hung up! That's what life is all about, isn't it? Getting to the telephone before it stops ringing?
"Hello," said a voice. "Do you get USA TODAY?"
That's when I felt the pain. And I wondered where that mud on the carpet came from, and I saw the door hanging from its hinges. I thought, "What am I doing to myself?"
I could get no more work done early in the morning than I could during the day, so what was left for me to do but work into the evening? And boy, is that easy to rationalize....When you're working in the big city and you're leaving at 10:30 at night and the traffic is clear, it's peaceful, the moon is high in the sky, you have time to reflect on all the things you hadn't accomplished that day...It was so relaxing.