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3 Tips to Disconnect from Tech and Increase Productivity

Society reprogrammed itself way too fast. The briefest lull in conversation or activity now signals that a person should check his or her phone for notifications. Never mind that those notifications probably do not matter even when they are actually there. In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco shares three factors from neurologist Adam Gazzaley involved in taking our lives back from technology:

  1. Accessibility
  2. Boredom
  3. Anxiety

Be Bored with Purpose

Accessibility has to do with not merely the proliferation of devices but rather the proliferation of the notifications mentioned above. If a phone is constantly buzzing or email is constantly dinging, it is going to take us out of our workflow to address each of these distractions. When time is of the essence, or work demands deep, uninterrupted thought, we are better off silencing all our devices and treating the rest of the world like it does not exist.

Boredom meanwhile is something that Gazzaley believes we need to allow back into our lives a little bit. Technology should not always be the immediate way to quash it:

Working through the feeling of boredom and sustaining something over a period of time can be a positive experience… But you don’t want to overdo it. Part of managing boredom is creating break periods, which might be every 10 minutes at the beginning, Gazzaley said. What you do in your break period is important: Exposure to nature, mindfulness exercises, and physical exercises can be restorative and help you get back to work.

He also says that using Facebook as a break is a bad idea, because it creates a “recursive cycle of interruption” where basically more and more Facebook becomes necessary. Anxiety is the factor that results when people feel like they are missing out on important things by not checking their devices constantly. However, to an extent, this worry can be removed in the workplace. It is within our power to tell colleagues not to message us during certain windows of the day that we have blocked out for high-intensity work. There is no need to let the tail wag the dog when it comes to technology.

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