In this Digital Age, it seems like we’re busier than ever: answering our emails and voice mails, getting pinged by texts and tweets, reporting our status on Facebook, taking and collecting interesting photos, and talking on our cell phones–all this from any place, at any time we want.
Being well connected has given us more to do. Having so much contact with people make us busy, busy busy.
It doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it can be just the opposite.
If you’re “wired” in two ways–“connected” and “stressed out”–consider flipping your relationship with the technology. Make it work for you to make your life simpler. Don’t let it pull you in multiple directions.
How can this work? It requires a change in your perspective: let people wait. Draw boundaries around your time and energy.
With your boundaries in mind:
- Let messages sit in voice mail until you have time to answer them.
- Same with email.
- Same with texts.
- Same with alerts from social media.
- Turn off the beeps and ringtones–in doing so, you’re setting the rules for your own time, instead of allowing anyone, anytime, to receive your attention.
- Schedule status updates in advance (try HootSuite or TweetDeck).
- Use apps that publish one status in multiple places.