Not sure if anyone else works in tech/ with tech, but with the dozens of tools and notifications I get on a daily (hourly) basis I’ve been slowly losing my mental sanity. If there was a better way to organize my digital life, that would definitely help.
Anyone have any recommendations/feel the same way?
I personally don’t have the problem of working in tech but my business requires me to be very responsive. However I’ve done a pretty good job at creating the expectation that I’ll only be responding to text after a certain time of day. Typically between 12-1(lunch hour) and between 5-6pm. With emails forget it. I check my inbox once daily in the early morning. And absolutely no push notification on my computer or iPhone. I’ve also earased all social media except Instagram off my phone. I diligently practice this in my day to day life and I haven’t received any complaints. I suppose it really demons son the nature of your work and how responsive it requires you to be.
Well that’s a good question, I have the good fortune of being my own boss so it’s never really been an issue for me. I suppose that you could set specific push notifications for certain people. But the overall truth is that your productivity will almost always be significantly reduced when splintered by pings and pangs from devices. If you know your prioritized tasks for the day then focus on those tasks and ultimately you’ll get way more done. Ultimately it comes down to prioritization. You can get 5hours of work done in 2 hours with extreme, uninterrupted focus. Then once that’s done you can focus your energies on less important tasks. Over time your bosses will appreciate your new found productivity. However if it’s a collaboration that requires back and forth then you’ll obviously have to be available. But to be honest if it’s that important you should be working on it together live in person. Hope that helps.
It’s embedded in it. You have to remember whether you are being used or when you are using the technology. It’s a drug in the most literal way so treat it as it is. It seems really simple to say, but find other hobbies that get you stimulated “on your own”. Let’s say you are interested in something, instead of googling it, walk to a library or talk to other people about it. Part of why digital life is corrosive is it kills your own “innate intuition”. Most would say “just don’t use it”, that’s true but unfortunately technology is unavoidable if its your job, or you use it for your job.
The sys admin I’m working for right now created a webpage dashboard that has links to all his tools on it. It’s really helpful to have access to everything from one centralized spot.
This other group of sys admins I interned for used some kind of ‘support ticket’ type system in which if a user had a problem, instead of directly emailing or notifying the administrator, they would fill out an issue ticket describing their problem and its severity. Upon submitting the ticket, it would be added to a queue, and then we would go through that queue and deal with the issues based on priority. I wish I could tell you the name of that software, but I can’t remember it.
When you feel like your becoming overwhelmed, just step back from everything, gather yourself together. Maybe let the people around you know that you have a lot on your load and that it might take a second for you to get around to resolving their problem. I’m sure they’d be understanding.