Now let’s go back in time just 30 years ago. That same 2-hour period would have looked completely different. The only similarities would have been the alarm (via a clock,) the shower, clothing, and coffee (made at home). And perhaps a check of the morning TV news.
So which is better? Well, it seems that an increasing number of people are yearning for a more laid-back approach to life, commonly called “slow living.” This trend can be seen in the renewed interest in gardening, crafts, and clean eating. In her article Have We Forgotten How to Just Be? Jodi Gibson states,
This is today’s culture. Non-stop media, digital interaction, distractions and notifications. From the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep, our brains continuously toggle from one task to another. But is this doing us any good? A recent study of 1,200 people by Common Sense Media reveals the affect multitasking has on the brain. in a Washington Post interview, Michael Robb, the group’s director of research said,
It isn’t practical to throw out our devices and delete our email accounts, so how do we embrace “slow living,” particularly at work? Here are three simple ways:
Reclaim the 5-minute break
Did your conference call end 5 minutes earlier than expected? Don’t rush to fill that time with another task. Instead, take a quick walk outside… call a family member… or make a cup of tea.
Invest time in creativity
It may seem wasteful to spend an extra day deciding on a logo or brainstorming new sales methods. But give your brain time to ruminate and ponder a decision instead of deciding too quickly.
Be the master, not the slave of technology
Just because your phone buzzes doesn’t mean you need to check it. Just as you schedule your day to work on various tasks, schedule time to look at your texts, emails, social media and blogs. Be strategic so that you can be the master, not the slave of technology.
By finding ways to implement a slow and simple work life, you may soon find yourself not only being more productive, but also enjoying the process of working a great deal more.
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