Do you have “those days”, where you feel out of it, forgetful, worn down, or just plain tired? Well, if you haven’t figured it out already, using an instant messenger is a great way to communicate during the times where you feel sluggish and not quite ‘up to speed’. Unlike face-to-face and telephone communication, instant messaging gives the feel of an instant conversation (unlike an email) without the fear of seeming uneducated or uninformed.
IM allows you to search for the correct answer you need at your desk or on your computer before having to immediately reply to the person you are talking to on IM — using a co-worker, supervisor, or client.
Besides being able to find the right answers, IM also allows you to “check your work” — by examining spelling and grammar before sending the message. This also is an easy way to make you seem more alert than you are really feeling.
This is one of the reasons why I love using instant messaging. I can cover up those days or times when I’m feeling a little sluggish, and turn it into a great, productive day. Why do you use IM? I’d be interested in hearing your comments.