Instant Messaging has the potential to take over your life.
The unstated pressure of responding immediately is even stronger with IM than with email. With email no-one knows if you are actually at your desk reading their email but with IM you have made your status ‘available’ so there is an expectation that you are ready to chat.
But can IM be a useful thing? Can it make you more productive?
I think it can and we are looking at ways to use it without losing control of our own time.
Over at Web Worker Daily they have a useful post with 17 tips on how to be more productive with Instant Messaging. View their post here.