I adored my mobile. It gave me a freedom that had never before experienced, allowed me to work from anywhere, be quickly and efficiently, and solve problems in a snap. Until I realized that I live attached to it, most stressed that never and to work more hours than I’ve worked in my life and Unable to disconnect. And what is worse: the last studies suggest that stress elevates and lowers productivity.
I miss the weekends before. They were just as long as now, but in comparison seem eternal because they were full of… nothing in particular. Without, however, now my weekends they are interrupted with post work that I receive the phone or messages of my classmates that I can’t read.
Yes, I belong to that generation that spends hours and hours looking at the phone, checking your mail and wasting time on social networks. And it is that recent studies say that all that easy access to information We are stressing more and at the time makes us less productive.
That struck us the is called The Quality of Working Life 2016, conducted by the Chartered Management Institute and comes to the conclusion that the obsession with looking at emails and messages work in our free time is getting that many of us do not get disconnected and, consequently, We can never relax much as we need to and charge the batteries.
And it is that this information chute is addictive. It is difficult to avoid. Impossible not to look when your mobile pings “” and you know you’re going to get a new dose, something unknown and, why not, somewhat exciting. You’re like a junkie. Or at least that’s the feeling, as of a chute, which describe some users of social networks like Twitter or Instagram. You are engaged to see new, to receive, to look at things, etc..
You have to have a force of iron will to not let what you’re doing and gossip. Or, in my case, not missed by the route of Twitter or the messages that come from Slack and concentrate on writing anything, starting with this article.
Procrastinate, procrastinate, and the work is never going to end.
I have thought to put my phone in a safe during all the weekend to avoid the temptation of looking at it. But you should also get the tablet and laptop. So perhaps I would get not to throw the dead hours looking at it and do more things with my life. Without procrastinating, we will.
But on the other hand, the mobile no is only a distraction during the weekend. It is also during my workday, when his constant buzzing interrupts any thing which is making and gets to have less ability to concentrate as a three year old boy with a shot of sugar.
Something similar should happen to Robby Mcdonell, who cared so much to find out what they were losing so long and where were his days that ended up founding the star-up Rescue Time. In his view, alerts are designed with the objective of our attention and stimulate the parts of our brain, causing a direct response already, now, at this very second. His contribution to the cause has been to develop a program that controls how much time spend in each application and allows users block certain programs (I guess that those who most distracting us) for periods of time.
A similar work is developed by Dajia Zhu with the application StayFocused, a solution to make you realize how long raisins working really and how much time you lose sailing or tweeting, for example.
What can we do to use “smart” way to smartphones?
Curiously the disease may also be the remedy. I.e. our smartphone, that aparatejo that causes us so much stress can also be the solution to that problem. For example, for Michael Acton, founder of Calm.com, our mobile phone You can provide us keys and techniques for better breathing and relax. So rather than be checking our emails while we wait for the bus can be putting into practice techniques for stress.
Multinationals such as Google or Target scheduled meditation sessions in its offices, something that according to a study by Aetna, an insurance company, can reduce the stress of employees up to a third (and since we are, medical costs in thousand four hundred euros less a year). Moreover, in the United States lately the mindfulness is oriented almost exclusively a trying to alleviate the stress of digital and courses such as the one created by Tamara Levitt, a therapist in San Francisco, have up to five million users.
I am sure that all these courses and these apps are wonderful and a very good solution to alleviate the anxiety and the stress that causes us to be connected continuously, but I am concerned not be able to disconnect I by myself. It’s like deciding to eat only a potato chip and not the entire Bowl. It requires a force of tremendous will, but It is worth making an effort. And without having to be forced to turn off the phone.
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