Tech is all around us. No matter how hard we try, we find ourselves hunched over our computers or mobile devices all the time. Thanks to the pandemic, our screen time is at an all time high and we spend too much time in the digital world rather than looking around us and being present in the actual world.
Ideally, the best thing is to completely disconnect once in a while but since tech is such an integral part of our lives, why not use it to make our lives a little better? And what better month could it be than December to wind down and focus on wellness – of course, with a little bit of help of tech.
At RedBit, we always try to do our bit to ensure our team’s wellness, be it by implementing 'No-Meeting Wednesdays' or 'Wellness Day off' or even helping other organizations ensure the well-being and safety of their employees.
- Use personal errands and activities to take breaks throughout the day. It it helps schedule things like coffee/tea breaks, 'walk my dog' in your Outlook/Teams to get yourself to take a break between work.
- Use them on a browser instead, if you need to. This will reduce your on-screen time excessively and is also proven to reduce anxiety.
- Setting up a time tracking app such as RescueTime will help you analyze where your time goes and if you're being productive. This will help you discover your high productivity periods.
- As simple as this sounds, ergonomics has proven that being comfortable increases productivity and reduces stress.
- Use the availability option to indicate your availability on apps such as Slack. This will help your colleagues understand whether you are busy, having a focus time or available.
- Wednesday means 'no-meeting day' for us at RedBit. Meetings can often feel tiring and may take up a lot of your time, especially when you want to focus on getting things done. Try having a day where you focus solely on your work!
- Why should online meetings be boring? Turn the ‘Together Mode’ on Microsoft Teams for a fun way to meet your colleagues virtually.
- Meditation helps reduce stress, increase focus and resilience.
- Emojis can also be added to the bucket titles, which is useful for plans that have buckets for specific jobs, such as graphic design, comms, testing, etc. Or, you can add emojis to make it clear what each bucket represents.
- Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.
- Although we read a lot online, it’s good to disconnect from our devices and enjoy the experience of holding a book and flipping through its pages.