Article provided by a Bizzie Living guest contributor.
We live in a world swamped by technology. If we want to learn more about the War of 1812, technology can help inform us. If we want to research black diamond rings, technology can help bring it to us. It is no surprise then, that technology has pervaded every facet of our lives – the time we spend with family as well as the time we spend alone, the days we spend at work and the weekend we have to ourselves.
So it stands to reason that those of us with busy work and personal lives are never far from technology. Regardless of whether you think this is good or bad, you can probably agree that technology is not going anywhere. Still, we want to create balance whenever possible in our lives, and drawing a distinction between technology we use for work and technology we use at home is a good way of doing this. It has certainly helped me compartmentalize stresses that occur in one facet of my life.
If you’re like me, and you want to create a balance between work and home technology, here are a couple words of advice that I found useful:
Keep Your Personal Life More Flexible and Portable
In theory, it would be easy to completely separate out different tech devices for different tasks. That smartphone? Delegate it for you. The laptop? Promise yourself not to use it when you’re not in the office. However, of course, this is easier said than done, and certain devices (e.g. cell phones) are instrumental in all realms of our lives. But we can still try to separate out the two by keeping our tech devices as flexible and portable as possible.
It’s certainly much more helpful to have a smartphone when you’re lost on the highway than sitting in the office, and trying to detach yourself from your home desktop computer may be a good way to get outdoors more and try some new activities. The determination process here is not too difficult: if it’s something that normally sits on a desk, it’s probably a device best used for work.
“For the Love of It” vs “Out of Obligation”
Even if you love every minute of your job, there are still elements of work that amount to an obligation. For the most part, we use technology at work because we need to or because it makes our job easier. At the same time, whether its watching a movie or browsing the web, technology use at home is usually something that we want to do. This key difference is good to keep in mind.
If there’s a piece of technology you use at home that you get no enjoyment from, you might want to toss (or sell) it. If you enjoy a device at work, but it doesn’t help your bottom line, maybe it’s not worth having. All too often we blur together our work and home lives, but it’s important to remember that they are often driven by very different motivations.
These are just a few thoughts for getting you started. As I said, we can’t get rid of technology, even if it starts to overwhelm our lives – but we can certainly create a healthy balance.