Tools for lowering the toll of tech on your week
Are you leaving the office late, working on weekends and answering emails at all hours of the night? It’s easier than ever for your workplace to demand an incredible amount of your time and energy. If your emails are the first and last things that you see everyday, perhaps this is the article for you. The following are some simple tips for finding a little more breathing space without going off grid or throwing your phone out the window.
Take a tech free day each week
It’s easy to get the feeling that you can never leave your work behind. You are always on call and your urgent response is needed right now. It would probably be unreasonable and potentially unnecessary to ask you to take a month away from your phone, but the idea of leaving your phone off for one day over the weekend could be more reasonable. Ask yourself, how can you create a tech free day or couple of hours each week to recharge and check in?
Schedule your social media in advance
If you are in charge of the social media at your work you might be feeling like if you miss one morning of posting you will be behind. Now with social media scheduling tools you can let yourself off the hook. If you’re going away for the week you can now schedule all of your social media in advance. Try taking some stress out of each day by posting your content in advance and you might notice how much more time you have for other tasks at work.
Make use of aeroplane mode
Some companies are starting to implement the rule that no emails should be sent between 8pm and 8am. Can you adopt this policy? It might sound difficult, but is it time to chat with your team about your communication strategy? It might not be 8pm to 8am, but having a conversation around communication within your team can often lead to positive solutions that will increase productivity and clarify how your team best communicates.
When it comes to conversations like these try to be clear, concise and have a solution-focused mindset. Come with suggestions as to what might be done that could have a positive impact on your work culture.
Create an automated notice so you can let go of the feeling that someone’s waiting for your reply
Don’t be afraid to write an email that auto-responds to people when you’re not available. This will mean that you don’t need to worry about people waiting for an immediate reply. If it’s an emergency they will call otherwise you can respond once you’re ready.
Create boundaries, keep them consistent and share them
If you start setting up tech rules like not answering your phone or email past a certain time it might be worth sharing your new system with your team or it might cause some confusion in your regular processes. This will mean that they can get on board and where possible support the change.
Take a tech free holiday each year
Take a longer break at least once a year and leave your phone at the bottom of your bag. The first couple of days might feel strange, but once you ease into life without being reachable at all times you will find it amazing the mental space you create in your day.
Kill your feed or remove your unnecessary apps
Perhaps it’s time for a social media and technology audit. What on your phone or other devices is taking up your mental energy? Can you experiment with removing some apps or implementing some strategies for lowering the cost social media has on your day? One example is a chrome extension called ‘kill my feed’ which removes the Facebook feed from your computer. Don’t be afraid to run some small experiments to see what works for you.
What sounds like a good fit for you?
One of these ideas is bound to create a little more breathing space in your week. So start by taking a little time this week to run a tech audit and pick a strategy to implement this week.