Continuing with the theme of resolving to rewire, here is another tip from my book, Rewired: How to Work Smarter, Live Better, and Be Purposefully Productive in an Overwired World:
Stop letting technology use you. Start using technology.
Because the wired world is always at our fingertips, because it is always available to us, we have conditioned ourselves to always be available to it. We can sometimes feel like technology is using us, instead of he other way around. But the great thing about technology is that we can use it to our advantage. The two most common complaints I hear from my clients are e-mail overload and feeling hostage to their smartphones. Let’s tackle e-mail first:
• It’s your inbox — take control of it!
• Before opening anything, scroll through and delete all non-essential messages.
• Use your spam filter!
• Get off all those e-mail lists. Unsubscribe and don’t sign up in the first place.
• Create a separate e-mail address just for junk mail, RSS feeds, newsletters, etc.
• Establish a clear protocol with clients and colleagues about when to cc, so you don’t get unnecessary e-mails.
• Train yourself not to respond every time you see the new e-mail icon. Better yet, turn off that function. Even better, pick five or six times a day when you will open, read, and respond to e-mails.
The smartphone is a bit trickier, as for many of us it is the only phone we own. We can’t very well just turn it off or ignore it. But we can:
• Be liberal with caller ID.
• Let calls go to voicemail.
• Let callers know what our office hours are and when we will return calls.
By using technology properly, we can prevent it from using us.
Read more about Rewired at http://aimleadership.com/resources/rewired/