One of the best things about the modern world is all the technology that’s available. You can work online in an office or from the comfort of your own home. But a big downside of using technology for work is that it can severely limit your creativity.
One reason that this can happen is that computers or other forms of technology can provide a lot of distractions. For example, if a friend is texting you while you’re working, you could find it harder to focus on your task because you’re busy reading and replying to the messages.
This is why some people find it helpful to turn their phones or email alerts off when they’re working. Another distraction is that there is so much to do on a computer as well as on a phone.
There are games and social media sites and endless emails, articles and more. Some people find it helpful to turn their internet off while they get work done, but there are other approaches that are better and more fun and allow you to be creative.
Working off the grid is a popular way to get your creativity and focus boosted without sacrificing your work. A lot of people find that their creativity increases when they’re doing something physical while working.
You can do something as simple as going out for a walk and find the answer to a work problem you wouldn’t have found sitting in front of your computer. The change in scenery as well as the activity can relax the mind.
Also consider using a pad of paper and a pen or pencil to create with instead of consistently using the computer. Not only will it help with the distractions, but it’s also a great choice health-wise.
Prolonged digital work can cause a severe strain on your eyes. When you’re in pain or having trouble with your eyes, it can be hard to focus on work. Another problem is that bright screens have been known to make people feel lethargic.
If you notice you’ve been having trouble with fatigue while working, take a break and step away from your desk. Even if you can’t do something more physical like going for a walk it’s important to take frequent breaks.
These breaks give both your eyes and your mind a rest. When you stare at a screen for long stretches of time, you can find yourself having trouble concentrating. When you walk away from the screen, even if it’s just for a few minutes, you’ll find that you’re able to return with more energy and focus.
This is because your brain needs changes and breaks. Without the different scenery, your creativity can feel stalled and you’ll find yourself becoming stuck on projects that shouldn’t take you a long time to complete.
Make a list of all the things that you have to use a computer for. Then see what you can change so that you can do without it. For example, if you write your grocery list on the computer, try using pen and paper next time. If you want to brainstorm ideas to pitch at your next meeting, or you’re coming up with a new product to sell, write it out on paper.