In an age where engagement and communication are constant, the purpose of why they exist in the first place seems to have been lost. Communication does not equal connection, its not on its own productive, its not on its own conducive to any positive outcome. In fact, communication should lead to productivity, it should not be the end goal by itself.
If we measure the amount of time we spend communicating versus actually creating something of value we would take pro active measures to communicate less and do more.
There are many jobs where communication is at the core of the role description, but even in these roles the actual work is not communicating, its improving the processes in which communication occurs.
Challenge of the week: Track the amount of time you communicate, start with email alone and work your way to other channels. I will share my own results next week.