I don’t know about you, but I am all Zoomed out. After working online for over a year, the after effects of working with technology is playing with my mind. Yet, this is our new reality and this is pretty much how most businesses are operating. In this blog I explore some of the nifty ways of overcoming digital fatigue and managing this new online world more effectively.
- Reduce Exposure to Blue Light: One of the key aspects contributing to digital fatigue is the amount of blue light to which we are exposed. Studies indicate that exposure to blue light from our screens supresses melatonin secretion and throws off our circadian rhythms. Feel better and protect your eyes by putting away your smartphones and IPads at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Limit video calls: Too many video chats can drain our energy and can prevent us from taking breaks and walking around. How about limiting video chats and opt instead for email messaging, or even picking up the phone and talking to the person in question.
- Just because the boundaries between home and work are being blurred, doesn’t mean you can’t set boundaries by having distinctive work and family spaces.
- Take 5 – 15 minutes away from your screen and practise some mindfulness by closing your eyes and breathing slowly, taking some time to clear your mind and still your busy, busy day.
- Avoid multitasking. Research has shown that trying to do too many things at one can cost us as much as 40% of our productive time. The next time you find yourself on a video chat, close any distracting programmes, put your phone away and stay connected and present.
- Take regular breaks. If you do find yourself on back-to-back calls consider taking 20 – 30 minutes between meetings.
- Be aware of the symptoms of digital fatigue eyestrain, headaches, sore neck and shoulders. If you find it’s getting a bit too much then schedule in a weekly massage to combat some of the obvious symptoms of digital fatigue.
- In between meetings listen to some relaxing music to help you stay calm and centered.
- Despite the fact we are online a great deal, never forget you are speaking to real people, not just computer images. As such take a bit of time to get to know your caller and take some interest in them other than just the meeting you are about to have.
The age of online digital work is here to stay. Finding creative ways to learn how to harness this online world can only make you that much more effective.