• Overwork, how to better manage the day to get to everything

New

technologies

are like a hammer, they serve to build, but also to destroy," says Luis Corrons, Security Evangelist at

CCleaner

, a leading system optimization software company that has just presented a study on how

digital life

affects our every day and, above all, to our

emotional health.

Internet, mobile, mail, tablet, laptop, social networks..., very few are able to spend a couple of hours without being connected or with all kinds of screens open on their computer during a working day.

It is the result of the increasingly discussed

multitasking

and

teleworking

, which has undoubted benefits, but also its risks.

And not only of a technical nature: more than 42% of workers consider that the use of technology causes negative consequences for their health, according to a report by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Well-being, which specifies, among others,

musculoskeletal ailments, mental fatigue , infoxication

... And

technostress

, a phenomenon associated with three others:

technoanxiety,

when high levels of physiological arousal cause tension and discomfort;

technofatigue,

produced by the mental exhaustion caused by the continued use of new technologies, and

technoaddiction,

which generates the compulsive desire to be connected at all times.

"Although no one doubts the

benefits

of using laptops, tablets and mobiles to connect with friends, coworkers and companies, psychologists have observed an increase in

technostress

, a phenomenon that produces anxiety and has a negative impact on our quality of life", indicates Jonathan García-Allen, psychologist and head of communication at

Psicología y Mente

.

Without going any further, "no one goes to bed without first charging their mobile, what's more, if you have a 20% battery you have a bad day at work," he points out.

In fact, according to the study, dealing with the mobile generates even more stress than doing it with the computer.

In a global and interconnected society, it is a growing problem, although it is not new;

American psychiatrist

Craig Brod

coined the term almost four decades ago, in 1984, defining it then as "an adaptation

disease

caused by the lack of ability to deal with new technologies in a healthy way."

But it's not just about "lack of skills",

technostress

is related "to the invasion of daily life by mobile phones, emails, PDAs... and any negative impact on attitudes, thoughts or

behaviors

caused by technology," say two other experts in the field, psychologist Michelle Weil and educator

Larry Rosen

, authors who have extensively developed the concept in their book 'Technostress: coping with Technology @ work, @ home and @play'.

In other words, beyond our

digital skills,

techno-stress "is conditioned by the perception of a mismatch between the demands and the available resources," explains another expert in the field, the psychologist

Susana Llorens,

who has been part of a study to diagnose it carried out by the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón.

And in this sense there is no doubt, the relationship between our

mental well

-being and the proper functioning of electronic devices is closer than ever: 80% of Spaniards say they feel relaxed when

technology

'accompanies', and no less than 70 % admits to getting stressed if these devices are slow or not working as expected, according to data from the CCleaner study.

The mental office in order

"Computer security and the

speed

of our technological devices are factors that are closely related to our mental well-being," says Bertrand Regader, psychologist and CEO of Psicología y Mente, "levels of

dissatisfaction

, frustration and

techno

-stress increase when they don't work properly and this has a detrimental effect on our general state of mind."

It is an issue that has a lot to do with something as prosaic as

order

, especially since we are connected 24 hours a day.

Regardless of the physical space in which we find ourselves, "the computer is now our

office

", explains Bertrand Regader, "if I have everything scattered and I don't know where to look for what I need to work, it will affect me negatively".

And this is where the expert connects with Marie Kondo.

"In the long run, the places where we have stored what we don't want will be too full and

chaos

will appear ," says the Japanese in her book 'The Magic of Order'.

And with it will come a lack of control and

anxiety

.

How to get rid of technostress

In addition to order, technostress is closely linked to

frustration

.

"When we are immersed in a task and we do not achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves, we begin to worry, which generates

anxiety

, and this affects us at all levels, even in our relationships with colleagues," explains

Jonathan García-Allen

.

When should the alarms go off?, we ask him.

"At the time symptoms appear, both physically and

psychologically

, if that frustration causes difficulty falling asleep or the heart rate accelerates," he replies.

To avoid it, the expert gives some

keys

.

  • Do without

    apps that distract us and do not add value.

  • Do not use

    the mobile in the company of others.

  • Delete

    files or images that only generate 'noise' for us.

  • Put a limit

    on the hours of telecommuting.

  • Optimize

    the devices so that nothing separates us from the task, which will make us produce more and better.

  • Practice

    mindfulness to enjoy the present moment, without being overwhelmed by what awaits us.

Eight technical tips that help

The easiest way to get everything under control is to "keep the 'office' spotless," says

Bertand Regader.

The keys to achieving this are revealed by

Luis Corrons

, an expert in optimizing technological equipment.

  • Delete

    any old email, social media, or Internet accounts that you no longer use.

  • Do not

    multitask on your device: having too many tabs or documents open at the same time does not translate into greater efficiency.

    Rather, it leads to jumping between tasks without paying 100% attention to any of them.

  • Set

    up folders to store the emails you need to keep and delete the ones you no longer use.

  • Take

    a couple of minutes a week to unsubscribe from subscriptions you no longer care about, instead of just deleting their emails.

  • Tidy up

    your desk instead of using it as a place to store files.

    Create some appropriately named folders to keep your documents in, and check them regularly to make sure they're neatly arranged.

  • Once a month

    , uninstall apps from your phone that you no longer use.

  • Regularly review

    photos and remove duplicates, blurry or unidentifiable images.

    It is also advisable to create folders so that you can easily find the image you are looking for.

  • Use

    optimization software to remove junk files cluttering your computer or mobile device and optimize its performance.

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