Written by: Claire Muller, Executive Contributor
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We started this year with hope, even knowing that we still have some restrictions. Many of my clients are working from home and continuously online. The last year 2020, taught us the value of life, family, relationships, freedom, resilience, and gratitude. We found ourselves needing to adjust to the ‘new norm’ and make the best of our situations. Self-help resources and dealing with the global lockdown helped us find balance and share what we learned with everyone. We are spending more time online for work and being social on all social media platforms. How do we differentiate between work and social when online?
I have heard so many people say they started the new year refreshed, hopeful, and ready to go; but are now into the second month of 2021 and are digitally fatigued. It seems like many have forgotten the lessons from last year.
To those struggling to find balance, here is a reminder and five ways to deal with digital fatigue:
1. Set Boundaries.
Your home is your sanctuary, and you can reclaim it by only working in 1 area if you do not have a home office set-up. Keep your work-space separate from your bedroom and, if possible, your lounge or couch.
2. Switch off.
There should be a differentiation between work and leisure time. We are spending loads of our time staring at screens, including social media. Give yourself a time out.
3. Manage your priorities!
Do what is essential and urgent. Design a schedule to work on tasks that are important and not particularly urgent. Delegate tasks that do not need your attention. Drop the tasks that fill your ‘To Do’ lists. These items give us a false sense of productivity with so much busyness, which leads to feeling overwhelmed and fatigued.
Down-time from social media and a much-needed break is necessary to taking care of your well-being. Schedule time for a mental spa and time away from all screens.
5. Release Schedule.
Some time for a daily activity that helps release energy and be revitalizing. It could be vigorous exercise, a calm walk, or a mindful activity like yoga. Get moving!
We may be tired of hearing the term new norm, but it is a reality we either need to accept or change how we dealt with it! We still have choices and can exercise those within our control.
Claire Muller, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Claire Muller is a business and executive coach. She has transitioned from 23 years of working in the Travel Industry to fulfill her purpose and positively impact the world, by empowering women in business. Claire is a qualified Trainer, Assessor and Coach. She is also a Neuro-Linguistic Program Practitioner that challenges limiting beliefs and thinking patterns, reframing those thoughts with positivity. Her toolbox includes Life, Business, Executive, Abundance, Creativity, and Enneagram Coaching.