Suffering from digital overload at work? Here's how to detox


It's ok to be unreachable for a bit: Workplace psychologists say leaving your phone at your desk during a break can be a good way to get some needed digital detox at work. — Christin Klose/dpa

Professionals often spend much of their day working with technology, thanks to the world's rapid digitalisation. It can facilitate many things, but can also lead to an increased workload. What can help?

When technology becomes an ever-growing part of your working life, you should use it more sparingly at other times, recommends Julia Kroell, a psychologist at IFBG, a German association for health in the workplace.

Digital technologies can become stressors, the expert says. But there are relatively easy steps you can take to alleviate this – for instance, deactivating push notifications and unsubscribing from useless newsletters.

Your private smartphone should ideally stay in your bag or out of sight during the workday, to prevent additional distractions. Those who cannot do this could resort to a "digital detox box": the phone only is taken out of the box when it is truly necessary.

Work breaks, meanwhile, should best be spent without any digital devices – instead, you could take a walk with your colleagues. And remind yourself: it is alright not to be reachable for a little while. – dpa

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