We all know it: Every day you juggle your smartphone, laptop, telephone and diary, try to keep track of things and do your tasks on the side. Digital services such as e-mail, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and many other apps should actually make our lives easier. But many people feel overwhelmed. After all, being online has become part of our everyday lives - but that can also become a burden. But how can we counteract this? The answer is: Digital Detox
Relaxation through "digital detoxification"
Even before getting up, the first e-mails are answered, scrolled through Facebook at breakfast and WhatsApp checked. Reaching for the smartphone works automatically. But in times of real-time communication and Information overload we also long for peace, relaxation and the possibility just to switch off.
"Digital Detox" - digital detox - is the name of the movement against digital stress. Being analogue again, talking to people, being more aware of your surroundings. There are Digital Detox Holidaythat is, holidays without a smartphone - but after that many people continue as before. If you want to reduce your stress in everyday life permanently, you have to Change habits consistently.
We give tips on how to balance digital work and private life (Work-life balance) and increase relaxation and productivity.
If you really want to focus on a task, your smartphone is often your biggest enemy. Remove the phone from your desk and don't pick it up again until the job is done.
- Use a "normal" alarm clock for private use and turn your bedroom into a internet-free zone.
- Even when eating, the smartphone stays off.
- Check all notifications several times a day, but specifically - and for a limited time. Deactivate unimportant push messages.
This could also be helped by so-called Digital Detox Apps.
take a break
Concentration and productivity are not unlimited. In order to be able to work effectively, you should consciously Press reset buttonin the form of a real break. In the ideal case, this means to bring mental and spatial distance between oneself and the work in order to be able to Recharge energy storage.
- Eat out or at least in another room and then go for a walk
- Exercise and fresh air at lunchtime often result in a productive afternoon.
- No heavy fare at lunchtime. Eat something light and healthy.
- Ask your colleagues not to talk about work during breaks.
Scotch you off
Telephone, doorbell, printer and of course the dear colleagues. Whoever sits in the open-plan office or coworking space is the Soundscape often defencelessly delivered and must take countermeasures.
- Use ear plugs, headphones and Music...to help you with long office duties... refocus to be able
- Or alternatively, retire to a free corner, the roof terrace or free meeting rooms.
No more multitasking
Multitasking was long praised as a desirable skill. But when working on several sites at the same time, concentration is often quickly lost. Especially in meetings, multitasking becomes a nuisance when everyone brings their laptop, checks e-mails or does other to-do's in parallel. This is not only rude, but also unproductive.
- In meetings and sprints, try to avoid using a laptop or smartphone. For brainstorming you can also work completely offline: With note, pen and whiteboard.
experience things consciously
The trip to the countryside is made unforgettable by Instagram and the circle of friends quickly gets a photo of the healthy lunch.
Try to do things more consciously - for yourself and not to impress others with it!
- Make yourself aware that you are not doing things for others, but for yourself and devote yourself entirely to your occupation.