Today productivity is getting diluted by new tool like internet, mobile and Microsoft products like word, excel. Etc. I have no doubt that these things have made life easy for many of us. However, side effects are visible too.
Internet makes life easy for all of us and gives real time information. But we managers keep getting mails and productive time goes in replying them. It is difficult to stop temptation to get back to seat and do some surfing on business, political world and friends. It makes many of us addicted to laptop and gadget without keeping tab on productive outcome.
Mobile is new way of talk. I find it personally irritating when middle of a meeting a phone rings. It is difficult to concentrate on real issue. It diverts attention.
Microsoft word, excel, or PowerPoint has made managers of B school a painter. I use to colour presentation to make them visually appealing. I have to insert kids like animation in presentation. Insertion of dozens of jargon is additional burden.
Addiction of news, paint, and talk has made me less productive. Face to face meetings and field efforts have reduced drastically. I am learning processes, changing, and modifying them from my desk.