Are You Suffering from Gadget Overload?
As much as office professionals attempt to simplify their lives and surround themselves with peace and quiet, technology has rendered those ambitions nearly impossible. Many office professionals are given a BlackBerry or Android by their employers, and in exchange surrender their personal lives as they instantly become accessible anywhere at any time. Does your company not provide such devices? Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean or your colleagues won’t be showing up to work empty handed.
This article explains, “Apple and Android mobile devices lit up like Christmas lights on Dec. 25 as people the world over pulled a smartphone from their stocking… People fired up 6.8 million Apple and Android devices on Christmas Day, more than doubling the 2.5 million that they activated on the same day last year, according to Flurry Analytics, a mobile metrics firm that tracks activity from 140,000 apps.”
With so much technology out there and in our hands, establishing a healthy and balanced relationship with technology can be difficult. In addition to the incredible fact that you are out of excuses for not being available to talk or work, there is also the temptation to waste time using the many apps now at your fingertips—few of which augment your productivity.
So as you return to work this New Year, establish some boundaries. Don’t place your iPhone on your desk beside your keyboard and think it isn’t a distraction. It is. Even if no one calls you, you’ll be checking it repeatedly just to confirm this fact that you already know. And if someone does call, don’t answer it. Set aside some time during your lunch hour to attend to personal business on what gadget, or gadgets, you have. Don’t let gadget overload undermine your career.
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