Are You Overconnected?

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Reasons to unplug from technology

Studies have shown that the average person spends almost 8.5 hours a day on electronic devices — that’s 20 minutes longer than the time an average person sleeps a day! We’re all guilty of working off our devices after office hours, and there is often a correlation between feeling overworked and being overconnected. Here’s why you need to spend a little time off the grid.

  1. 1. Stave off stress

Heres the thing: working on tight timelines is stressful enough, but being connected can sometimes prolong your working hours and heighten that stress. Like your body, your overworked brain needs downtime to work optimally.

What you should do:

– Set boundaries on your work communications outside work and inform your colleagues of your after-hours availability.

– Allocate a few hours a day to disconnect and curb your usage of digital technology before bedtime.

 2. Maintain mental health

If youre someone who hops onto social media a few times an hour, you’re probably neglecting your mental health. Researchers have discovered that one in three people feel worse after visiting Facebook. Its not hard to understand why clicking through vacation destinations can easily evoke feelings of jealousy, envy, and even loneliness.

What you should do:

– Its unhealthy feeling constantly dissatisfied, so curb the amount of time spent on social media or, even better, turn off your devices.

– Find contentment in your present space and focus on having appreciation and gratitude instead.

 3. Build better relationships

Regardless of how much you interact with others through technology, there is something entirely genuine about meeting face-to-face.

What you should do:

– Instead of hiding behind your screen, take the time to call someone, or even better, meet them in person.

– Swing by a colleague’s desk to troubleshoot a problem instead of emailing back and forth.

  4. Improve task management

Multitasking between your emails, projects, and plans for an upcoming vacation isnt the smartest idea whether youre at work or at home. Multitasking as a habit can also turn into a problem research has shown multi-taskers struggle to perform even the simplest tasks. In fact, many businesses suffer when employees are constantly interrupted.

What you should do:

– Once you’re at home, put aside your work documents and use that time to focus on other priorities or get sufficient rest.

– Do one thing at a time. Give yourself time limits for every task, big or small.

   5. Reduce dependency on technology

Four in ten people wake up in the middle of the night to check their phones. If you’re guilty of that or find yourself glued to a screen even when you don’t have to be, you might be addicted to technology.

What you should do:

– Challenge yourself to a Technology Cleanse switch off all your electronic devices and spend the day with friends or family doing offline things you enjoy.

– Create online-free zones, like the car, the walk to work, and even your bed. For example, buy an alarm clock instead of using your phone. Eventually, youll quit checking your emails when you get up in the middle of the night.


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