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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A recent New York Times article explores new technology that allows productivity to be tracked by managers.
The article gives an example of a smart phone app where a manager can tap on the app and write notes of encouragement, advice or criticism to an employee. Amazon uses an internet tool that allows employees to submit praise or criticism to management. Another app tracks employees whereabouts 24 hours a day. Yet another, allows employees to comment privately to another employee’s manager. Much of the technology is focused on efficiency and staying connected after work hours – from the boss’ point of view.
We all know that technology is pacing itself at warp speed. It is a good idea to pay attention. How much do you want technology to be a factor in your managing? Or, in how you are managed? Technology itself needs to be managed with thoughtful decisions on the quality of workplace conditions and relationships, what truly enhances productivity and what expectations guides its application.
What do you think about this category of technology coming to your workplace?
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1. Be your authentic self. This means no “shoulds” and being true to your values.
2. Get enough rest, so you can be at your best.
3. Treat all with respect and fairness.
4. Continuously sharpen your skills and know that the growing and learning never stops.
5. Do your best to live fully in the present moment.
6. Enjoy your work and encourage others to do the same.
7. Develop a positive relationship with time (See my previous blog post)
8. Use technology to create efficiencies.
9. Go to 10,000 feet every once in awhile, in order to see the bigger picture.
10. Acknowledge your accomplishments and those of others.
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