Written By Michael Ferrara
Created on 2022-11-18 14:35
Published on 2022-11-26 09:43
Tech has become a way of life for many people. We use it at home, work, and even on vacation. Some might say it’s an obsession. The trick is managing it all so it doesn’t manage you. When it comes to tech, some people live a digital life 24/7. But for others, it can seem like a constant uphill battle to keep up with the latest trends, updates, and apps without letting technology take over their lives. In this article, we explore how you can manage technology without becoming bored.
The first step in managing tech is to make informed decisions about what you want to use and how. Before you start signing up for apps, be clear about the reasons behind your choices. Look at how you’re currently using technology, what you like or dislike about your current setup, and what your goals are for the future. Some of the things you may want to consider include:
How does your current setup help or hurt your productivity?
Which apps help you stay organized?
Which apps support your current workflows?
Which apps drain your energy?
Which apps do you want to try next?
How might you want to integrate new technology into your life?
How do you want to use tech in your personal life, as well as at work?
As you start experimenting with different apps, you may find that there are just as many different voices out there as there are apps. To stay focused, here are a few ways to avoid letting the noise around you drown out your own voice. When you’re reading about new apps or considering a new feature, give yourself a time limit to avoid getting sucked in. Reading about new stuff is fun, but often we click from one article to another, and before we know it, an hour has slipped away. When you’re reading an article or watching a video, try to think about how it applies to your life right now, instead of getting caught up in the hype. If it doesn’t apply, don’t spend too much time on it. If you’re looking at a new feature and want to try it out, ask yourself if it’s something that will benefit you right now. If not, it’s probably best to save the research for another time.
Just as you probably don’t want to be on your phone when you’re at a nice dinner with family and friends, others probably don’t want to be on theirs, either. Check-in with the people in your life about their expectations around tech. When you’re with family, do you need to put your phone on silent or airplane mode? Do you need to put it in another room? When you’re with friends, is it rude to have your phone on the table? Do you need to put it in your pocket or bag? What about when you’re on a date? These are good questions to ask yourself before you go out with people. It’s also helpful to give others a heads-up if they may want to adjust their expectations. It’s not rude to ask people to put their phones away. If nothing else, they’ll probably appreciate you asking.
When you do decide to try a new app or integrate a new piece of technology into your life, make the most of it by setting boundaries. If you have kids, you may want to set a time limit for when certain apps or devices are allowed. Maybe you have certain days of the week when you’re allowed to check your phone as long as it’s out of sight during certain hours. Maybe you only allow yourself to use a certain app or device during certain times. There are lots of ways you can approach it, as long as you’re being true to yourself and the boundaries work for you and your family. If you set boundaries and stick to them, you can make technology work for you instead of the other way around.
Technology has made our lives more convenient, but not without some sacrifice. Keeping up with the latest trends can be exhausting. The trick is to manage technology without letting it manage you. When it comes to tech, some people live a digital life 24/7. But for others, it can seem like a constant uphill battle to keep up with the latest trends, updates, and apps without letting technology take over their lives. When you’re trying to manage technology, it’s important to be an informed decision-maker, tune out the noise, and establish boundaries that work for you and your family.
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