Are You Stressed by Technology?

by Karen Brooks on May 30, 2011

Ever feel like you are on a treadmill that won’t stop? Have you run out of
hours in a day, and can’t figure out where all of the time went?

Welcome to the age of technology. Remember how technology was suppose to make
our lives easier? Whatever happened to all of the spare leisure time that was
promised? Dreams of spending more time with loved ones, relaxation, and more vacation
time, are just a fairy tale in a land far away.

Do you find yourself working harder and getting less done? You are not alone.
The very tool that we were suppose to manage is now managing us. We have been
conditioned to stop whatever we are doing to answer the phone, or answer an
email. Just spending a minute looking up something on the Internet can take an
hour out of your day.

Is this making you happier or more productive? Are you on information overload?

Research has discovered that we lose our focus with constant interruptions. Our
ability to concentrate is lost. This effects our ability to perform complex
tasks and stifles our creativity.

Is your memory as good as it used to be? Guess what? We aren’t exercising our
brains to remember phone numbers or addresses, because technology takes care of
that.

Recently, I was in a panic because I misplaced my smart phone. I felt completely
helpless and lost without the valuable information that it contained. My anxiety
levels grew and I was completely stressed until I finally found it!

I bet you have gotten better at multi-tasking. Texting, talking and driving at
the same time come to mind. Studies also indicate that our level of the stress
hormone cortisol rises when we do multiple tasks. Could this be the cause of
road rage?

Realizing my feelings of stress and the inability to get things done, I went on
a mission to find the answer. The solution is really quite simple, time
management.

I started to make technology my slave!

Here are some tips that I have personally started to implement:

Use your cell phone reminders to schedule certain time periods for getting
things done.

Block out specific periods of time for each task you need to accomplish,
including email. What starts out to be a 5 minute email check quickly turns into
an hour! Set those boundaries and stick to them.

Use your smartphone or iPad to jot down notes and you really can find them. No
more bits of paper that you misplaced.

Use speech recognition software on your phone to verbally dictate notes or
reminders. It will automatically transcribe them.

Record your favorite TV show for viewing at a time convenient for you.

Listen to a podcast while driving to and from work.

Catch up on returning phone calls by using a speakerphone while commuting in
your car.

Consider using two computer monitors. It will increase your productivity.

If you are like me, I find myself racing through life without enjoying it. Stress can be managed. Start finding ways to eliminate it from your life today.

Start with one or two actions and make the, a habit. Start living the stress
free life you were meant to enjoy.

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Tara Geissinger May 31, 2011 at 11:31 am

I never really thought about it, but I would be a mess without my phone or computer. I don’t memorize phone numbers or anything anymore! These are great tips. I already do some, but am going to try some of them now. :) When I am driving to pick the kids up from school, I tend to get a lot done on speakerphone. That is the perfect time for planning and talking!

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Emily Stoik May 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Hey Karen!
These are awesome tips! Thank you so much! It can definitely be hard to focus and manage your time when you work from home, and even more so when you have little kiddies running around, but these tips are really great! Now if I can just implement more of them instead of admiring their usefulness–hehe!! ;o)
God bless,
Emily Stoik

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Carol Giambri May 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Karen, I can be challenged and stressed by technology but learned to buy Apple products with support to cut down on some of that. Driving in traffic I relax hearing a CD. Trying to listen right now to Zig Ziglar. He said you have to hear it 16 times so stated yesterday and heard already twice. I love his wisdom. My Nokia cell speaker phone is very hard to hear, but at home I save time putting all business calls on the speaker. Thanks for your tips.

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Karen Brooks May 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Great idea. I just started with an Apple computer. Really intuitive. Maybe a Mac Air in my future?? LOL

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denny hagel May 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I often feel overloaded with so much info available these days via the internet…used to be you subscribed to a magazine or two and when needing information a visit to the library to check-out one or two books was sufficient…and that left you feeling you were well informed! Ha! Great tips Karen…just what I needed!
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Elvie Look May 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Really great tips. But I have to laugh as you talk about feeling stressed from technology, then 1 of your tips is to get 2 computer monitors! LOL
It is a good idea though, just sounds funny.
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Karen Brooks May 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

You have to try the two monitors. You won’t believe how efficient you will become. I get more done in less time. The small investment is worth it.

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