Technology can make your life so much easier, depending on how you engage with it.
What you need to ask yourself
Is technology your friend, or are you technology’s slave?
Before I get bashed for being anti-technology, let me put it out there.
I am the original anorak wearing nerd, I had a Palm Pilot, for those of you that are old enough to remember, for those too young, this is a Palm Pilot.
It’s not the technology that is the problem; it’s us.
We get addicted. Over the next day, check your technology usage and you will see what I mean. Pay attention to how often you are on Facebook or checking emails, how often you are scrolling screens. Then ask yourself this
Did I make a conscious decision to do this?
Did I just check the same information a few minutes ago?
Technology becomes a habit
Gone are the days, if you needed to contact someone in another office, writing a letter, finding a stamp, walking to the postbox and then waiting for the person to reply.
You can contact the person instantly with technology, it should save you time.
However, if you are like so many other people, it may be taking up too much of your time when you could be doing other things, like reading a book or getting out for a walk.
I’m not preaching to you. Just sharing with you things I had noticed in my own life and maybe some of this will resonate with you.
I, like many other people, want more free time. I want to use my time wisely to be productive, in order to enjoy my free time.
What I discovered though, that my endless scrolling and checking
was taking hours out of my day
giving me repetitive strain injury :)
and melting my brain
and that is because our brains cannot really handle all the information overload.
The ability to connect instantly helps in so many ways, but you need to restrict how you use this.
You might have work emails on your phone. You are at home, after working the hours you are set to work, having dinner and get that little ‘ping’ alerting you back to work.
Regardless of whether you reply to the email or not, work is still impinging on your downtime. It interferes with your book reading, your walk or whatever you happen to be doing in your free time.
I am guilty of it myself. Kicking back, completely lost in a book, and then I notice a change in my mood when I am being ‘pinged’ back to work.
It seems ridicoulouly simply when I say it, but so many people don’t have this thought. It is a choice.
You can get another phone. This might not be an option, in this case, turn your notifications off. When you are at home, stop working, stop getting notified of work.
You might fall into the camp, ‘what if I need to know something, what if someone needs me in work?’
You are not working!
You are not getting paid to work now. You are having dinner with your family!
I limit my time now, to make sure my free time is my free time.
I set a time when I turn off all notifications. When I am working, like now writing this post, I have a clean workflow where I do not get distracted when I am working.
This saves me so much time, and a good example of where I discovered that my use of technology was slowing me down. I could be working, get distracted by an alert, rush to answer the email, and then I had lost my flow!
Working this way allows me to stop running after all the alerts. I do one thing at a time. Try it for one week and see how you get on, I think your brain will thank you for it.
Drop me a comment below and let me know if you have things that work for you.