Technology is a good servant but a bad master. Allow technology to take the reins in your life and you will find yourself careening down an avalanche of unproductivity, loss of family & friends and poor health. The lines have been blurred when it comes to the lines between work & life. Seriously. I love the solutions technology brings to my life as a creative. I use my gadgets and social media to connect to customers, readers, international markets, display my accessories online, tweet, create events, connect with family and friends in and outside Ghana, blog on lifestyle topics, send emails to all my contacts, etc. The list is amazingly endless.
Often times, I get asked the question of how I get the time to do the things that I do. My reply, most of the time is BALANCE. Without balance its very much impossible to do anything. Technology is one of the things I use to balance my work and life. Its not an easy thing to do but like everything else practise makes perfect!
Here are some cool ways I use technology to balance my work-life.
Being able to connect with my work colleagues in different locations enables me to save energy which would have been zapped through travel stress. There are many video-conferencing applications like Skype and also many laptops come with their own in-built camera and video conferencing applications. This leaves me with a lot of time to work on other issues whilst at work instead of waiting long hours at the airport.
· Mobile Technology
Mobile technology has come a long way from making just phone calls and sending text messages to practically being a world on its own. Thanks to smartphones life will never be the same again . There is an app for everything! You name it! From lifestyle apps to Productivity apps, its all there. I make sure that I have relevant apps which will enable me to live a balanced life. Reminder apps, To-do list apps, utility apps etc are a few which I incorporate into my daily life. As I schedule things to do for the day, I sync these unto some apps to ensure that reminders will get me going on the next item for the day. I love to run as part of my health regime so I have Nike+ app which I use to monitor my runs. As a blogger, I have an app called Buffer which enables me to schedule blogs and tweets. Isnt that cool? At the scheduled time, the app sends out the tweet or blog. During my usual Saturday marketing, I create my grocery list on Clear and I use this scratch out items bought and also to prioritise my to-do lists. Relying on your mind alone is futile, one is bound to forget something one way or the other that’s why reminders are good. They will keep beeping until you get cracking. I even use reminders to alert me about a friend’s birthday or anniversary that way I don’t get accused for forgetting J . Having fun is very important and by checking Facebook and Twitter on the happenings in the city, I am able to attend cool events at various hangouts like Republic Bar and Grill. My Christian life has been affected by technology. In a good way of course. With my Bible app from YouVersion I have access to different versions of the Bible which really makes it easy to understand verses. I am also able to pick Devotional Study plans in the app and I also get reminders when I am not catching up on my study plan for the week.
Its so much easier connecting with different clients in different time zones across the globe with just a click of a button called ‘Send’. Email enables me to be in different places at the same time. I can catch up with family living abroad and also communicate with clients on purchased items on my online store.
Technology really helps in multi-tasking and to do things which used to be nigh impossible with just clicks and taps. It has ways to help in being flexible and being in control. What one has to watch out for is allowing technology to take over one’s life. I know how to switch off when I need to. For example, going out on a date means leaving my phone within the recess of my handbag and turning it on silent. I don’t allow work emails to interrupt my social life unless it’s an emergency then it can wait till Monday. I pick up a ‘real’ book to read and turn my phone off during this period. I love the Do Not Disturb function on my iPhone which I turn on when meditating on the Bible. Some people do not know how to switch off and can respond to work emails even at midnight! Set appropriate boundaries when it comes to social media, work emails, etc before you find yourself trapped in a no-man’s land!
After work hours, life begins.
How are you using technology to maintain a good work-life balance? Tell us the secret ;)
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