Digitalisation is transforming both our work lives and personal lives in many ways. New devices are constantly making it into our homes so we have instant access to everything. On top of this, new professions are being created that weren't around ten years ago, and new services let us buy anything we need online right down to ordering your weekly shopping essentials at the touch of a button (literally with Amazon Go). So what does this mean for our everyday lives and our families?
Technology has undoubtedly revolutionised everyone's lives and how we carry out everyday tasks, but it also has the power of taking over your life both at work and home. Here are the top three things you can do to ensure you switch off:
Work stays at work
According to a survey 80% of people take work home: are you one of them? It's important to not make your work stress your home stress, which often happens at the expense of our families, relationships and our own health. Stop yourself from taking unfinished work home as your out of office hours give you time to relax and re-fuel. Without some mental space away from work, you will end up tiring yourself out and probably calling in sick. The Office of National Statistics reported that in 2016, 15.8 million working days were lost due to stress. If you work from home, make sure you confine your work to specific times. Don't let technology take away your chance to play a sport after work or something as simple as family dinner time; work belongs in the office.
Developing device habits
Did you know we spend an average of 145 minutes every day on our phones across 76 separate sessions? Whether it is work-related or a funny video online, we can't seem to switch off wherever we go. Giving yourself time away from phones, emails and all technology gives your mind a break from processing so much information. Many studies have shown that being on your phone before going to sleep can negatively impact your brain's ability to prepare for sleep. Developing good device habits such as restricting yourself to an hour after work catching up on social media or other news can ensure you are enjoying the devices you have, but also giving yourself and your brain a chance to relax after a whole day of working.
Creating a third space
The first space is home and the second space is work, but what is your third space? A third space is somewhere where you can meet and interact with others and build a sense of self. This could be reading a book at your favourite coffee shop, attending yoga classes with your best friend or batting a ball or two down at the local park. A third space will give you a welcoming change in scenery, an opportunity to socialise and give yourself the much needed down time you deserve. Almost like a home away from home.
Are you ready to switch off from the world of technology? Check out our post on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance for more solutions on getting away from technology.