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Want to Work Less? Put Down the Smartphone
By: Greg Dorn
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Once upon a time, our workdays were a consistent 9 to 5 routine. We slept until the last minute in order to make it to the cubicle by 9, and whizzed out of there the second the clock hit 5. These days, what we consider “the workday” isn’t nearly as concrete, and the one-time standard of eight hours a day now seems like a semi-day off. Research has shown that the culprit is none other than our trusty smartphones and mobile gadgets. The increasing amount of time spent on our smartphones has caused us to unknowingly extend our workdays sometimes by several hours. With our gadgets constantly by our side, it’s as if our work has begun to follow us everywhere we go. As personal time has been in the limelight as a necessity for our mental well-being, perhaps it’s time to put down the smartphone.   
 
For those who remain in denial of such realities, the proof is in the research. Based on a study by British tech retailer Pixmania, those in the UK who work 9 to10 hour workdays report checking their emails and taking work-related calls long after punching their ticket. The study also shows that our phones account for an average of two extra hours of work a day. Furthermore, 1 in 10 people surveyed reported spending a whopping three extra hours checking emails and work calls. What’s more? Almost two-thirds of the survey pool admitted they first check their phones for work-related activities as soon as they awoke at 6–7 a.m. and before they went to bed around 11 p.m–midnight. Needless to say, where has the “me” time gone?
 
Smartphones became a mainstream phenomenon due to their ability to make our professional lives seamlessly easier and more connected. Talk about a catch-22. The very functionalities, apps, and mobility of these gadgets that have increased productivity have also turned our lives into one giant workday. What is a professional to do?
 
As difficult as this may seem to many, bite the bullet, hit the off button, and set aside some personal time without the countless distractions a smartphone may render. It could be a hour a day, a couple hours a week, or, for the extreme adventurist, an entire weekend. Just as companies encourage their employees to take time off to avoid burnouts, the same concept can now be applied to our phones. So do yourself a favor, working-class world; turn off, tune in, and give yourself some much-needed time off.


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About the Author
Greg Dorn is a blogger, writer, and obsessed with everything technology and social media. Greg is absolutely captivated with the recent advancements in mobile gadgets, making our world more seamlessly connected. You can learn more about him on his own blog here
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