How To Take A Positive Mindset on Technology

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Ah technology, it’s such an odd one, isn’t it?


A beautiful modern version of a double-edged sword: it enhances our lives, but can also hinder it.


It wasn’t too long ago when I took an impromptu break from social media.


I just needed to, you know?


It was all sparked from the knowledge of how much time I had spent on my screen that week (thanks Apple screen time).


It became apparent that I was WAY too connected to my phone, and something needed to change.


But in the same breath, my phone is also a tremendous tool that I use within life and business, so it is not something I could get away from it altogether.


So what is the solution? Where do we go from here? How can we get all the benefits of the tech without the side effects of using it too much?


In this post, we are going to explore how to get the best of both worlds.



Bring back the social

It’s not something you wouldn’t have heard before but let’s not forget the ‘social’ in social media!


How many times do you log on to social media to post your update and then exit?


Imagine you are going into a party or a real-life social situation, would you just ignore all of the conversation and amazing things that are happening in other people’s lives? I think not!


  • Reply to people’s stories.

  • Comment and add value on their posts.

  • Be a cheerleader, and celebrate their wins.


Set boundaries

Equally, you would not be at a party, or in a social situation 24/7 either so do not feel as if you need to be ‘on’ all of the time.


An excellent way to do this is to set your hours in which you are social, and have a cut-off point in which you do not look at social media, or your phone in general!


Otherwise, the alternative is that there is a high chance that at some point, you will burn out.


Even just a weekly review of your productivity level in comparison to your screen time may be something that will help you.


I like to do a weekly review on a Sunday and see how productive I have been throughout the week. Of course, there will be many factors that contribute to this the breakdown of screen time on my phone is really useful.


Also, note down how you feel. How you feel in general will affect all areas of your life, particularly how you act and think.



Make tech work for you, do not work for tech

What need do you have and how can it serve you?


What form of technology are you going to harness next? Another kind of social? Or perhaps something to improve the quality of your health? Or to ease your busy schedule?


The next step or the action to take after this post is to make a list of all the areas in life you would like some help with.


Then drill down and work out what it is exactly what you need help with.

The pain point.

Then search for an app to help you with this. In more cases than not, there are a load of apps out there, but it is all about finding one that serves the purpose.


My current favourites are:

Daily Yoga


For some reason, this app is so much easier to follow than most other apps.


The directions are clearer so you do not have to keep looking up.


The timer on the side shows you how long the pose needs to be held for.


Calm

You can set unguided mediations which I love, or if you are new to meditation and need a place to start, Calm walks you through a variety of meditations including walking meditations which are great if you struggle to stay still!


The thing is, Calm is just one of many applications for mediation on the market but for me Calm works.


Sometimes it really is about trial and error and seeing what apps you like to use for your needs.



The main message

So, let’s not lose sight of Technology. Let’s harness it to help with our lives and businesses.


But let’s also not forget to keep a range of technology tools at our fingertips. Let’s have fun with the tools.


It is, as we always say, about creating the blend that works for you.



 
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About the author

Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is a keen makeup lover,  foodie and loves to work from luxurious destinations.