My typical work day consists of seeing clients in therapy, doing formal psychological testing, consulting with other staff, going to meetings, doing paperwork, writing reports, answering and sending work-related emails, and taking care of whatever else my work place might throw at me.
In the midst of all this, I keep tabs on what is happening on my phone and my private laptop that I also have at work. (I also check the Blog for activity). My children and Husband are frequent texters. The main job for my private laptop is to provide Bluetooth connections to my sound bar so that I can listen to Classical MPR whenever I have a free moment while I do paperwork.
Throughout the day I also keep track of all the emails I get from the Regulatory Board of which I am the chair. I can’t deal with the emails that arise when I am working, since that would be frowned upon, even though what I do on the Board is officially State business, and I am a State employee. I understand the reasoning for this.
I typically get 10-20 emails from the Regulatory Board office each day. I take care of them in the evening when I get home from work. There was a flurry of activity this morning, and then, blessed quiet this afternoon. I figured out that our Board secretary is taking a four day weekend to go camping. What a relief!
I wish I were not so tied to my technology. As I read what I just wrote, I can’t believe I do all the things I just described. This just can’t be healthy!
How tied are you to technology? How do you set limits on it and on yourself?