Technology can be fun, actual fun. Stop running away from your screens and start using your technology to have fun. You will be happier and more productive at work and home if you do. So grab a gadget and take a few moments to enjoy technology and life.
Take time during the work day to enjoy life by embracing your technology.
Most entrepreneurs have to use computers for work. In fact, some entrepreneurs are so tied to computers tablets and smartphones that they do not realize these devices can do anything other than work related tasks. Jobs ranging from medical doctor to a cashier at a fast food restaurant all use some type of computer technology for work. It cannot be avoided.
While computers are almost indispensable for work it is important to realize that computer technology can be a lot of fun also. It is important to remember this not only at home but during the work day as well. Often entrepreneurs are called upon to work long hours day after day after day. If this is the case for you and the work you do, start looking for ways to use your technology for fun at work.
Recently I discovered the Pomodoro method. It is a way of organizing your day so that you work in a concentrated, careful way. Typically using the Pomodoro method you work for a period – usually 25 minutes and then take a break – usually 5 minutes. After four 25 minute work periods have been completed, there is a 15 minute break. This method works well for many people because it allows them to do one thing, and only one thing during each work period. The 25 minute work periods are long enough to complete or put in significant work on tasks but not so long as to allow one’s mind to wander. The five minute break periods give sufficient time to stretch, take a bathroom break, grab a cup of coffee and get back to work.
If you learn ways to use your technology for fun, those 5 minute break periods are a way to have a little fun before getting back to work. During a 5 minute break you can play a game you have downloaded. You can read a magazine. You can surf the net for social media interaction or even watch quick videos or listen to your favorite podcasts. Photo apps, video apps, voice recording apps and many others are a way to have a bit of quick fun and then get back to the work at hand. It is important to get away from work for a few minutes at a time throughout the work day in order to be able to work with vigor, attention, interest and produce good results.
Technology is real and it is here to stay. Most of us cannot avoid technology even on their off time. At the same time, it is a reality that you don’t have to avoid technology and screens in order to spend quality time with your family. For example, everyone loves to complain about GPS and bemoan the rarity of paper maps. If you would like your children to be able to read maps and understand their importance, you can use the map app on your smartphone or tablet to create and excellent adventure game for the family.
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