If Obama Can Ditch His BlackBerry, So Can You

Last Updated May 5, 2009 10:54 AM EDT

With the first 100 days under his belt, President Obama had one notable achievement that might've gotten overlooked: He survived without his BlackBerry.

Time-management expert Peggy Duncan is lauding Obama's release from his BlackBerry addiction, noting that ditching it has offered him multiple benefits. Among them:

  • Increased his focus, allowing him to effectively tackle difficult situations.
  • Improved his ability to concentrate -- no more bumping into poles or people while e-mailing.
  • Showed staff he trusted them to handle things even if he missed an e-mail or two.
  • Caused him to listen better, thanks to the loss of constant ringing and buzzing distractions.
  • Made others around him feel more worthy by letting him give them his undivided attention.
  • Helped him sleep better. No BlackBerry under the pillow = a good night's rest.
And Duncan's advice is for the rest of us to follow suit:
"The President has already proven that life goes on without the BlackBerry. You can do it too. People such as 9-1-1 operators, receptionists, specialists for medical emergencies, and high-level technicians on call may have to be available the instant something rings, beeps, buzzes, or dings, but why do you? As much as I love e-mail, I don't want to be tied to it 24/7/365. If you've got it so bad that your work and home life suffer, box up your BlackBerry and ship it to yourself with 3-5 day ground delivery. When you get it back, you'll be more sensible with it. And every time you start to feel the urge to overindulge, ship it again."
What do you think?

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  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.