By Jeff Zbar | October 30, 2008
Barack Obama achieved the nearly impossible last night: He was in three places almost all at once. He was in South Florida, speaking to thousands of admirers. He was in Orlando speaking to thousands more. Then he was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, speaking to a million viewers. All this, after speaking to 20,000 faithful followers in North Carolina seconds before (OK, 18,000 seconds…).
At the same time John McCain was doing his best to help keep the economy afloat: Traveling throughout the Sunshine State, talking with supporters and lodging last-minute appeals for votes.
The two also were in one other place: Effectively hogging bandwidth in my already bandwidth-challenged, ADD-addled mind. This presents a challenge: How can home officers stay organized, focused and productive with all this talk about tomorrow and the economy and socialism / Marxism and the future of mankind being bantied about…?
As the U.S. Presidential Election draws near, productivity is falling like a rock. Many are so intrigued that they’re tuning in, and dropping off the work-radar screen. Tens of thousands have ditched work to attend rallies, support their guy (or gal) — under the guise of telling their bosses, “I was strategizing future paths for the company” (albeit with a thousand other like-minded people who were similarly creating excuses for blowing through lunch and playing hookie all afternoon).
In my home office, I long ago prohibited TV in the workplace. When our kids were young, having a TV would have helped keep them outta my hair when I was working. But I found having a TV in the parents’ bedroom or den was even more effective — especially once the kids mastered the remote.
I reserve new updates to my 15-minute lunch over CNN or Fox. Once my meal is done, TV’s off and I’m back to work.
I’m looking forward to this election cycle being over. I’ll stop reading the headlines, seeing what fraction of a polling point McCain has gained in Arizona or whether Obama has signed a record deal, given his rock-star persona.