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Political coverage is nearly unavoidable these days. Even the average workplace has become a politically tense environment. Unfortunately, this has led 31% of employees to report that political differences and expression have had a negative impact on productivity.
Technology can help productivity or hinder it—it all depends on how you use it. And if you don’t use technology the right way, it can act as a shortcut to overwhelm.
If you’re not sure if technology is helping or hurting your productivity, here are a few questions you might want to ask:
If you want to get out of overwhelm, you first need to understand where, exactly overwhelm comes from.
Simply put, overwhelm comes from having too many things on your plate—so eliminating anything unnecessary or non-essential will free up space for the things that are actually important.
But how do you determine what’s unnecessary and non-essential?
With a cup of coffee in hand, you sit down at your desk ready to finish some editing before the weekend. You log into your computer, check Slack and your email, get distracted by a New York Times update on your phone, scroll through some tweets, and read an article about “7 Superfoods that Help with Focus.” You respond to a text while Adobe Creative Suite loads, check the weather for the weekend, and if you’re lucky, you’ll start to work before a client calls or an email warrants a response.
Want to get out of overwhelm—and get more done in the process? Here’s how:
Set up the right morning routine
What do all these people have in common—other than being insanely productive?
They swear by their morning routines—and if you want to get on their level of productivity, you need to swear by the same.
Have you checked out Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or watched her new Netflix show of the same name? The success of her “KonMari” method highlights the extreme overwhelm people feel as a result of an overly cluttered life.
In the show, Marie offers resources that help people simplify their homes and our personal lives. However, the conversation doesn’t go far beyond tossing out physical items that no longer bring us joy or taking trips to The Container Store.
The anxiety-inducing weight many people feel from collecting excess stuff is similar to the overwhelm caused by work overload, too. Countless emails (not with SaneBox, though!), meetings, Slack messages, and constant office distractions leave us wiped out at the end of the way, wondering what we actually achieved.
Is 2019 going to be the year you take it a few steps further in your career? We could all use some advice on how to navigate the workplace and take control of our careers – and not just slog through the day counting down the minutes until quitting time. Here are 10 ways to improve your skills both in the office and in your personal life. Cheers to making 2019 your best career year yet!