How To Master Digital Consumption to Benefit Your Work Life

“We are changing the world with technology.”
- Bill Gates

Our smartphones and laptops have leveled up their functionality to help us sustain our productivity, allowing more flexibility in life while maintaining our workplace culture, and helping to keep a hold of employee engagement. These aspects in life and business have become a crucial element to us. Many traditional office-based companies were forced to shift to remote working, with employees being scattered in various locations, due to the pandemic.

However, digital technology also has its setbacks. It has encouraged this culture of being expected to be switched on, online and contactable at all times which can put a weight on our personal sense of freedom and levels of stress and anxiety. Not only that, social media is bursting with so much content that we can’t stop scrolling - we can literally lose our lives to it. In addition to all of this, our emails are a non-stop stream of notifications that draws us back to work even when we’re not being paid for those hours. As a result, we feel overwhelmed and stressed with work.

But we don’t have to drop digital technology altogether. What we have to do is learn how to use it to work with us.

Know what technology can do for you

There are so many things that your phones and laptops can do. For example, they can help you stay connected to your colleagues, collaborate with your team members, set appointments, manage projects, track time, simplify minor tasks, and many more.

These gadgets give you access to various programs designed to help people work - Slack, Trello, Hubstaff, Zoom, Google Drive, etc. Research and read their reviews to decide which you think are the most suitable applications for your needs.

Understand how to make the most of your tech

Although these devices have become essential to our lives, we still shouldn’t use them too much. Download only efficient and relevant applications. You don’t have to install every single project management software and instant messaging application onto your phone - don’t overwhelm yourself.

Using different programs can lead to confusion, which can affect your service and hinder your productivity. Also, don’t rely on technology all the time. Even though they do great things, there are still tasks that you should do yourself.

Don’t let technology distract you

Based on research, people spend around three hours on their phones just going through various social media channels. These habits can distract you from your work, leaving you with insufficient time to accomplish your tasks.

Stay focused by putting your phone away while you work. Without the device in your arm’s reach, you won’t be tempted to pick up to check for any social media updates. You can also turn off your notifications and mobile Internet.

Don’t let the online world consume your free time

If you’re managing a team, encourage your staff to avoid work during their time off. In addition, do your part by ceasing any communication with your people outside their work hours. In a 2018 survey, about 30% of full-time employees said they still work on weekends and holidays.

Thanks to cloud technology, we can access our work anywhere. But it doesn’t mean that we have to work even when we’re not supposed to. Digital technology can affect your work-life balance if you’re not careful, so set boundaries.

Digital technology is one of the best things that ever happened to the entire professional world. It has helped countless business owners and employees. It made life easier for us for sure, especially when COVID-19 changed the way we work. But like all things when not utilized properly, it may negatively affect our work-life rather than benefit it.

Still, it doesn’t have to take over our work life - it shouldn’t. We have to learn how to work and live with it. Once we are able to set our own boundaries, digital technology should be our greatest tool in accomplishing all of our work goals - after all, that’s what it’s there for - to make life easier. So, instead of looking at tech as our enemy, we must embrace it and make it work for us.

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.”
- Christian Lous Lange

Author:

@Dianne Claveria

Date:

07-27-2021

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