Joi Ito can relate to Edward Hall's 'Monochronic time (M-time)' and 'polychronic time (P-time)', which Monochronic time (M-time) and polychronic time (P-time) which, "represent two variant solutions to the use of both time and space as organizing frames for activities. Space is included because the two systems (time and space) are funtionally interrelated. M-time emphasises schedules, segmentation and promptness. P-time systems are characterized by several things happening at once."
In Joi's case he juggles the live chat and trackback conversations that are a byproduct of his blogging efforts. Like Joi, I find that monitoring RSS feeds and responding to or participating in blogosphere conversations is often more important than reading and replying to my email. A large chunk of my communications is moving away from the sound proof room of my desktop, into the open theater of the blogosphere.