Carol Ring, a Canadian telecommunications executive, has developed a public speaking niche on work/life balance. For workers who think their technology tether to work is too tight, she recommends:
• Evaluate exactly how much time you’re actually doing productive work. If you’re obsessively checking your email while you’re watching your kids play, you need to honestly document how much is really work and how much is a “crackberry” kind of addiction you could break.
• Assess what’s truly important to you and make conscious choices to spend more time on that.
• Use technology — smartphones, for example — as a tool to make your life more convenient. Don’t let it be a burden that demands your constant attention.
• Turn your work cell phone off for an hour each day or don’t check your email for a half day.
• Don’t blame technology. Blame your own time management. Use the technology to make you more productive, not to interrupt.