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Jun 22, 2021

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Four simple steps for digital wellbeing

The benefits of digital life are obvious — we have constant access to knowledge, we can connect with people whenever we want and we can do almost anything from almost anywhere. It’s great. But it can also be exhausting.

In these strange days of Zoom fatigue, Twitter trolls and replying to emails while you eat your dinner… it’s time to stop for a minute, look away from your phone and look out for your wellbeing.

Whether you manage a large team of people or you’re in a stand alone role, these tips are for you:

Banish back to back video calls

The lack of non-verbal cues, the inability to move off screen, the mirror image of your own face staring back at you — video calls are pretty tiring for most. If you’re tired, you need a break. Having back to back calls means that you won’t have time to process your thoughts, prepare for your meetings, or use the bathroom. Working like this leads to confusing calls that are likely to go on for longer than they should do. So do everyone a favour — take a break, space out your calls.

Set a good example

Before you send that late night email. Stop a sec. It is really useful (or kind) to expect someone to read a work email just before bed? The reality is, the second you send an email the recipient will open it and start mentally or physically answering it. Give yourself and the people you work with a break — only make contact with people about work when they should be working.

Update your technology

Anyone with an iPhone knows what happens when you don’t download a software update — your phone doesn’t work properly. Make sure all your technology is working at optimal levels by regularly accepting updates and feature releases. Nb. Downloading updates can be a lengthy process, to avoid annoyance, start downloading after you’ve finished your working day.

Ask your customers what’s working

Without your customers, you’d be in a bit of a pickle — so why not take a moment to ask them what is (and isn’t) working for them. Remember, just because your new technology is efficient for you, it doesn't mean it’s efficient for them. So have a candid chat and see if you learn anything new.

Taking a minute to stop, have a break and remember that we’re all just human beings trying our best in an ever changing world is probably the best thing you can do today — for yourself and for the people you work with too.

Creating a healthy digital culture can be tricky, if you’re not sure about how to get started or if you just want to talk things through with someone who understands, talk to us — we can help.

Post by Georgina Barrett

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