Monday, July 05, 2010

OMS Syndrome

By Dr James Dobson

There’s a new disease that’s quickly spreading through the work place. Its symptoms are stress, mental lapses and lack of focus. The name of this disease is OMS — Overnight Mail Syndrome.

Modern technology and free enterprise have brought us many great inventions. Among them are fax machines and modems and overnight mail. Anything you need can be delivered by tomorrow morning if you call before 5 o’clock today. And in an emergency, this can certainly help you meet deadlines.

Unfortunately, in most companies, every project has now become an emergency. We need it yesterday is the motto. The results? Mistakes are made, quality suffers and we begin to buckle under an increasing weight of stress and fatigue.

Modern technology is great, but like most things, it is best if kept in proper balance and perspective. When our tools become our bosses we all suffer. We need a chance to slow down, to step back and take a look at the bigger picture and to nurture our creativity.

So the next time you sit down to schedule a project, see if you can plan in such a way as to avoid the dreaded Overnight Mail Syndrome.

From TODAY, Voices - Friday, 25-June-2010

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