I have been debating with my evil mini-me and my angel mini-me (yes, I am like Homer Simpson…I’ll let you guess who wins most of the time!) if I should buy one of those small and so cute piece of plastic with a screen called a (evil) BlackBerry (have you ever seen a black fruit anyway?). While I previously found a way to get a Blackberry for almost free, I felt the need of having access to my emails on a real time basis.
So I thought about it for a few months, my partner bought one and I still resisted at that time (I am strong against the dark side… sometimes). I finally gave up about a month ago and get myself a (nice) Blackberry!
Since our company was paying for it, it felt like it was almost free 😉 So the cost didn’t matter much (I know, it is still my money… but what the heck? Says evil mini-me). A lot of person around me asked me if I was a more productive person with a Blackberry in my pockets. Most of them were telling me right away (before I start answering!) that they would never accept such things. This product of evilness has been created to become the ultimate tool of control for your employers.
They might be right… however, I own the company who is paying for the Blackberry 😉 Therefore, I was not quite worry about it! I must admit that I would have probably been more reluctant if my employer was offering me such tool of productivity (i.e. slavery).
So, am I a more productive person with a Blackberry? Hell yeah! (that’s, again, evil mini-me answering 😉 ). More seriously, I am. Gaining access to my emails doubled with the possibility to answer back in such timely manner had helped me taking over a lot of stuff while I was:
– waiting for the bus
– waiting for the metro
– bored at lunch time
– waiting 3 hours in a clinic watching Wall-E with my son before he gets to see a doctor!
– at the dentist waiting… and waiting… and waiting (before suffering!)
– everywhere when I had 3 minutes + of waiting time in my life!
A great example was that visit at the dentist. During this 15 minutes wait where I could have read a very interesting article about purple birds slowly disappearing in North Africa, I took care of 2 MBA tasks, register my son to soccer and answer all my other personal emails.
Another thing I really like is that I know what is coming even though I don’t have the time to take care of it right now. It is also my personal agenda (I don’t forget friends birthday any more).
However, there is a big disclaimer: you must be able to put it on the kitchen counter when you get back home. WIVES GENRALLY HATES BLACKBERRY. Just handle carefully because this thing become addictive as well ;-).
image sources (nope, it wasn’t my kid!) BBgeeks.com
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