More and more people are suffering from digital stress when they feel they need to be connected and accessible all the time and this can lead to the avoidance of new technology. But the road to inner calm is rather about using technology properly. This is how you use technology to help get rid of the stress.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past decade, you probably have not missed the fact that technological developments have changed our lives on every level.
Everything from dating and banking to jobs, collaborations, and planning is done through digital solutions and mobile technology. Being able to do almost everything related to work and life in general via technology that is contained in the inner pocket has given us a lot of freedom, flexibility, and more choices, but for some, the new technology is not always a positive thing.
Digital stress affects many people when they feel they must always be connected and accessible. Email, job tools, social media, news feeds, push notifications, etc. start to disturb constantly, it becomes difficult to distinguish where the job ends and the leisure time begins and you never really go into hibernation. It becomes stressful as well as overwhelming and if you want it bad you go into the wall when you can never relax.
However, the cure for digital stress is not to avoid technology. It will rather make the problem worse. Instead, it is about using technology properly, using it to make life easier and calmer. Here’s how to avoid digital stress by embracing digital capabilities.
The stress and risks of not becoming digital
Running the strut technique and trying to avoid something by pretending that there is none has never been a successful strategy, and it may never have been worse than when it comes to digital technology. Rather, trying to avoid digital stress by not adopting new technology makes everything much more difficult.
You do not work in the same way as your colleagues and it is difficult to keep up with their pace. You are not synced to or communicated in the same way as your customers and suppliers. Perhaps the most stressful of all is that competitors get a head start when they use technology that makes them faster, more efficient, and more customized.
If you take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology and modern business systems, they are not at all a source of stress. On the contrary, they make life easier by streamlining, automating, and making everything smarter and easier. These are the features and opportunities you can use to relax more at work.
It is possible to create more accurate forecasts thanks to tools and functions for business resource planning. Having a good and realistic picture of what lies ahead eliminates the worry and stress of unpleasant future surprises.
Being able to carry their job on the phone or laptop makes all travel, meetings, distance jobs, and the like so much more flexible and easier. A cloud- and web-based system allows you to fix your work tasks whenever and wherever you want, thus freeing up time for others.
Not using new technology and modern business systems means that they miss their efficiency benefits, time gains, insights, and the customer benefits they bring. It’s stressful about something, but staying ahead of it creates calm.
Other ways to reduce digital stress
Technology is just another tool in humanity’s long history of inventing new things that help us in life. Whether it is going to be an aid or an aid is more about our attitude towards it. How we use it, relate to it, and whether we control it or whether it controls us. Here are some other tips, routines, approaches, and tricks for how to make technology something that makes life easier and more fun and not yet another stress factor.
Many communication channels often involve many messages. According to some surveys, almost half the working day of an office worker is spent reading/responding to emails and making phone calls. Something that both steals time and disturbs concentration. It takes time to get into focus and flow when working on a task so a break of half an hour (for example a telephone call) can in practice mean at least one hour lost.
What probably everyone who has ever been disturbed in this way has noticed is that it is rarely something urgent or important. The solution for regaining one’s peace of mind lies in creating routines for reading emails and messages at specific times, such as once at the beginning of the workday and one in the afternoon. There are also AI solutions that automatically sort and prioritize the email so that the inbox feels less overwhelming.
Another stress factor is all notices from apps and tools. It is very difficult to concentrate when the technology is ringing, beeping, and blinking all the time. but this is adjustable. Turn off all the push features except the most essential ones and feel free to turn off those job tools when you go home. Check the technology instead of the other way around.
For some, it may be difficult to let go of the gadgets even if they do not pout for attention. According to studies, we average our phones every 12 minutes. So often nothing important happens.
Compulsively checking their technology is not only bad for productivity, but it also creates stress and anxiety. If you want help with avoiding this, there are actually tools that block apps, emails, and Internet access during preset periods.
How you can reduce digital stress at the office
More than six out of ten managers – and almost as many employees – are stressed and frustrated by new digital tools at work. But the solution may be closer than they think. Here is the general mistake many people make when changing.
Notifications. What was that sound again? An email? Messenger? email? And now you’ve forgotten about what you were doing.
Maybe you belong to those who recognize themselves in the situation just described. Then you also know that it takes time – according to researchers up to 15 minutes – to get back to work tasks that were forced to cancel due to various distractions – for example in the form of various digital reminders in different communication systems.
This is part of the digital stress more and more, managers as employees, live with daily. In addition to e-mail and telephone conferencing tools, the most common digital tools at work are chat tools, video conferencing systems, and document management on common platforms.
Sure, digital tools can facilitate collaboration – some like to keep their meetings in different message threads instead of meeting physically – but it can also create stress and worse moods.
More than 60 percent have not received any training in the new tools, and almost half report that they have not received any guidelines on how to use them.
However, booklets of the managers say that they themselves or the company actually offered employees training. In addition, just over half of both employees and managers feel that there is a need to review the workplace’s existing collaboration tools. Maybe clean out the ones that aren’t used or replace the ones that don’t work.