People differ in their responses to technology and in how much they can and can’t handle. One thing to avoid is tech-overload – allowing technology to get the better of you, overwhelm you or stress you out. Knowing how to manage your use of technology helps you maintain balance and sanity.
Do you know your tech-overload level? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
• What are the signs that I have had too much technology?
• What aspects of technology get me tired and off center (e.g. too much internet surfing, too long on a social media site, having too many e mails to answer or getting blurry-eyed from too much time on your computer or phone)?
• What’s my optimum balance in using and not using technology to get my work done?
• When does technology begin to diminish my creativity and efficiency?
Knowing your tech-overload level helps you manage your work and life. To everything there is a season and time. That includes technology, too.
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Sometimes you get weary. It is inevitable with the pace of work and life today. Even with a good balance to your life, you can run out of steam. What do you do when you are weary? The key is to stop and restore. Sometimes, you cannot stop right away as you have deadlines or demands that must be attended to. In that case, endure, but don’t go too long. You can wear yourself out and that does you no good.
Develop a pattern of restoration to employ when you feel weary. Perhaps it will involve getting out of your environment, rejuvenating with rest, identifying the root cause of your weariness and addressing it or having some fun. Weariness doesn’t serve you. When it shows up, acknowledge your weariness and eliminate it.
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Every once in a while it is helpful to “cool out”. It promotes balance – countering the stress and activity of your life with relaxation. You are not a machine and cannot keep running all the time. Cooling out lets you pause and replenish your energy.
There are many ways of cooling out. Here are just a few: find some time to be totally alone, relax with family and friends, read a book or watch a movie, get completely out of your regular environment, do nothing for a few hours or a day or sit quietly in nature.
How do you cool out? Do you do it often enough?
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Are you feeling tired lately? There are many reasons and ways you can end up tired. There are obvious physical reasons – you are not getting enough sleep, you are pushing your body too far or you are expending more energy than you have. There are other reasons as well – stress is getting the better of you, a difficult situation is draining your energy or you are neglecting balance in your life.
When you are tired, take a moment to determine the cause. Then, you can take action that is appropriate for the situation. If you are physically tired, you can get sleep or replenish yourself physically. If there is another reason, you can do what is needed to replenish your energy and balance.
Best to pay attention. Keep your performance high and respond intelligently when you are tired.
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When something “hooks” me, either in a good way or bad, I find it useful to ask myself “does it matter?” The reason I do this is that some experiences and situations can knock me off balance and my response can be out of proportion to what is happening.
The next time you have an experience that creates a strong reaction, try asking yourself does it matter? Doing so allows you to gain perspective and respond from a place of power. Asking the question centers you, allowing you to get through experiences in control of yourself and to avoid creating messes you have to get out of later.
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Being busy seems to be a badge of honor these days. This is worth examining. Staying busy because it looks good does not have much merit. What matters is accomplishing what you set out to do, being efficient and staying out of overwhelm.
Working harder is not the only key to success. It may be a part of it, but equally important are having the skills you need, maintaining stamina by staying balanced and being smart about the goals you set.
This month, take a look at how busy you are. Are you productive? Are you getting where you want to go? Are you performing at your maximum? Being busy is not an end in itself. Nor is it a badge of honor. If you need to, let being busy go.
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I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep, about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.
Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.
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Bringing flow to your workday brings a sense of ease, increases your productivity and reduces your stress. Creating flow can be challenging in the face of a fast pace, distractions and too much to do. Here are 10 ways to help you increase the flow of your workday.
1. Practice bringing yourself fully to the present moment once every hour and when you are feeling stress.
2. Take breaks every two hours, when possible, to re-center.
3. At least three days a week get a change of scene during your lunch.
4. Exercise three times a week during or outside of your workday.
5. Eat well and be aware of your sugar and caffeine intake during the day, so they do not disrupt your flow.
6. Set your priorities at the beginning of the day and follow them. If a crisis or something else disrupts your plan, make adjustments in the present moment.
7. Be realistic about the time it takes you to do something.
8. Develop awareness of the extent to which your mind rules your day both in positive and negative ways.
9. Make a commitment to flow and balance in your life.
10. Recognize and celebrate the workdays in which you flow well.
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The new year has begun. Are you fit for the journey? How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
Stamina is the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort. A key element of stamina is fitness – physical strength, mental acuity and emotional readiness. Also key is balance. To maintain your stamina, consider what keeps you going. Do you need a lot of sleep? What is the best balance for your life? How much physical exercise do you need? How do you preserve a positive emotional outlook? Do you need variety in your life to keep you challenged?
How will you maintain your stamina in 2017?
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Time is finite. You have to take care of yourself and put your focus where it matters. There are always things to do and new directions to go in.
Pacing yourself effectively is a skill worth cultivating. Two things are involved: balance and prioritizing. Pacing yourself with these two things in mind will allow you to stay healthy and whole and will make sure you are putting your attention where it matters.
The next time you feel you should ”do more”, make sure to pace yourself and get where you want to go.
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