Use Technology Consciously
are many reasons why working women feel pulled in so many directions, one
reason is directly related to technology.
Without question, the advancement of technology makes our lives much
easier in many ways, but it also causes us to try to be in too many places at
once. By paying attention to how we use
these tools, we actually increase our productivity and improve our personal and
- Recognize that just because you CAN be reached doesn't mean
that you HAVE to be reached.
- Consider the message you're sending when you
give your technology more attention than your friends and family.
refrain from texting during dinner with a friend, or let voicemail pick up when
you're reading a book to your child, you communicate that they are worthy of
your full attention. You also benefit
because you enjoy your time together much more, and won't feel guilty
- If you must check your work email in the evening, designate a specific
time to log on AND log off.
Setting these limits prevents you from spending hours working online and is very helpful in establishing expectations for
family and friends who want to share time with you.
- Avoid checking personal email
and voicemail as soon as you arrive home.
We think checking messages will
"only take a minute," but before we know it we're stressed and feel the urgency
to respond immediately. By taking time
to unwind and recharge when we get home, we will handle those messages later
much more effectively.
- Ask friends and family to only use your personal
email address in order to minimize distractions at work.
times to check these messages. Let your
family know that it's best to call you if there is an urgent matter.
- Unplug once
We're at our most creative when we aren't constantly interrupted and
forced to give only partial attention to multiple tasks. At a minimum, disconnect while in the car (if
only for safety reasons), and certainly try to unplug for an hour another time
each day. You'll be amazed at what you
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