You and Technology

There’s been a lot of articles around this year talking about things like “smartphone addiction” and “digital detox”. The consensus in these articles is that we are developing an unhealthy relationship with technology. Too much social media and not enough socialising in the real world. Smartphones that make us less smart, etc.

So… to combat this, we have suggestions like “tech breaks”, or “digital detoxes”. Get away from the screen for a while and go hill walking. Leave the phone at home and so on. The trouble with this as a solution is that when you return from your “detox”, you’re immediately confronted with the same problems. The pressure builds up and before long you’re browsing through holiday websites looking for the next chance to escape.

An alternative solution is to tackle the problem head on. Work with the technology and understand how it works. Learn how to use it to reduce stress, reduce workload, become more productive.

OK, but where to start?

Map out how you use technology. The devices, the apps, the tasks, etc. Build a picture up of your workflow and digital lifestyle. From there, you can quickly identify issues and get started on solving them. Maybe there’s something you need to learn more about. Is there any missing pieces that you could add in?

Understand how things work. Read the manual. Try a few new things. Get some digital dirt on your hands. Allow some time for learning and work out how you learn best. From video tutorials, to hands on coaching, there’s a wealth of options.

Make small changes. Break things down and look at the choices you make. Where can you make improvements? Would that app work better than this one? We can all get overwhelmed when faced with large tasks, or too many things to do. Tackle one thing at a time and do it properly.

With some time and effort, there’s no reason why you can’t develop a great relationship with technology and enjoy the “real” world. Give it a try and let me know how you get on.

This post (and other “technology” posts were originally published on LinkedIn)