Today marks my first full day back at work after a relaxing two weeks of leave.
While I was away, I turned off all my alerts for social media, email and other apps on my smart devices. The only notifications I left on were for personal messages from friends and family.
Do you know what I discovered?
I don’t need to be alerted every time someone tries to get in contact with me.
I also discovered that I could control my intake of data. I can choose the times when I check my emails. I can choose the times I check my social media. I can choose the times I read and reply to emails.
I also discovered (or, perhaps, rediscovered) that no one gets upset if you don’t reply to their emails or messages straight away.
Over the last two weeks, I learned (or, perhaps, relearned) to use my smart device the way I want to use it rather than being reactive to it.