I can remember the catch cry when computers were first hitting the market, "We'll have a paperless society." This outcome was to make all workers lives far more manageable because there would be no duplication of tasks etc. Do we have a paperless society? No, is the answer, and no is also the answer to your question.
I found it easier to be more organised prior to the onslaught of technology / social media because there were fewer distractions.
- You didn't need to spend an inordinate amount of time on trawling through emails.
- Co-workers actually got out of their office chair and walked the 3+ steps to your desk to discuss issues, not send an email or text message for you to answer ASAP.
- You could driving to or from work, or any other place, without having to pull over to answer a call, thus setting back your time allocation.
- To actually find information you had a limited number of books / journals to consult, whereas if on the internet you can go off on a tangent that may not be related to the topic at hand.
No life was very easy to manage and you actually had time to yourself. Would I give up the mobile/cell phone and iPad? No!