When you feel that you are wasting your time on social networks or at the end of the day you think that time flew by, then stop and take advantage to change bad habits.
We can say that in the technological era we were never so connected and we have huge opportunities. For example, with the birth of the Internet, it seemed amazing to be able to send an email to that person in seconds when the letters took at least 10 days and a month for a friend who lived on the other side of the world.
Or what to say the electronic commerce where a person can buy from wherever he is what he wants and have it shipped from anywhere. We can even listen to our favorite music from the cell phone without saving any playlist in the phone memory. Those are just admirable examples of the era we live.
But also, the digital abuse takes us away, we abstract and we become robots that look at the cell phone or the computer all the time. It has happened that many people are unproductive because they spend more than 4 hours on social networks. Being addicted to what happens on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram leave their work obligations and do not produce. Or at a meeting, they do not pay attention to the commitments made and that can delay a whole project and put the company at risk.
That does not have to be like this …
So it is not a problem of technology, it does not have to be good or bad, it is the use and abuse of it that complicates our way of relating to others and we are the ones in control. It is simply to stop spending so much time connected and learn to enjoy other things in life.
A study by the firm Sodexo Colombia concluded that Colombians associate aspects of time, family and tranquility more with Quality of Life. According to a survey carried out on social networks for different population groups, 87% of the people responded that Quality of Life is compenetrate to share as a family. 34.1% indicated that it refers to having a good job; 32.2% associated it with health; 22.5% with having a good salary; and 21.7% with having purchasing power.
Additionally, when asked to name the first term that comes to mind when thinking about Quality of Life, 17% said Tranquility; 15.57%, Well-being; 11.95%, Happiness; 10.14%, Time; 5.79%, Stability; 5.07%, Family; 4.34%, Health; 4.34% Balance and Balance; 2.53%, Evolution; 2.89%, Economic Solvency; 1.81%, Freedom; 1.08%, Comfort; 1.08%, Satisfaction; and 17.32%, referred to other terms.
“It is evident that people ponder issues such as time to share with family, happiness, stability, and health, and to that extent, it is important that the development plans of people within the companies include activities that strengthen these areas of human development “, explained Adriana Salcedo, Country President of Sodexo Colombia.
But how to achieve quality life?
A simple daily exercise or take the reins and change that annoying habit of watching television or sticking to the cell phone can consistently improve your future. Pay close attention to what it is because it may seem simple but very difficult to reach since you can be reading this from a screen. It’s about dropping that device and taking a sheet from a notebook to do the following.
Take only 30 seconds of the day to write down in your notebook what conclusion you reached and what you can do to improve. The advice comes from an article written for Weforum.org by Pilar Jericó, taken from El País newspaper in Spain on how to learn from the books we read, the classes we take, the advice we receive. As it happened to her, everything was forgotten as if by magic and the next day she could barely remember what it was like.
She says that with 30 seconds the future can be drastically improved and, after each meeting or class, after a book, we must briefly write down our conclusions.
“It is not about collecting the main points or a summary of what has been lived,” says the author, “because surely we will forget. We have to write our reflections and “hot”, without waiting to get home. And the reason for doing it is that we work with two types of memory: the work and the long term, “he explained.
We have to do it that way because working memory is consciously activated when we do something. It is located in the prefrontal cortex and is capable of containing four pieces of information at the same time (it was previously thought that there were seven). Only a small portion of what goes into our working memory we are able to take it to the long-term, which stores memories and information for years.
The reinforcement so that an information remains in time is to work it in a conscious way, selecting the essential and reviewing the conclusions from time to time. These conclusions or ‘chunks’ (as they say in the language of neuroscience) are a piece that acts as ingredients to make future decisions. And he supports his argument with examples of successful people who have this habit.
Anxo Pérez, a Spanish businessman with a great career, speaks 9 languages and plays 9 musical instruments. Since he was 16 he started with languages and has several books about his success. The key to everything is that when you get into a language you take a notebook and just write down the words you think are essential. He does not leave his notes and review them every day. This forces us to discard, focus only on the pieces of key information and get to speak several disparate languages such as Chinese and Russian.
Another bright person who met Jericho, ended each meeting with a question ‘What have we learned today?’ and the assistants reflected on the conversation with him and also wrote down everything in a small notebook. This is something that you can do with yourself and with your children, to help them remember what they have lived and train their minds, to relativize their mistakes and understand that everything can be an opportunity to learn and improve.
The habit of 30 seconds is not only to take notes and notes but to think what is central to the experiences lived, to point them out and review them daily. You will see that with a support such as a notebook or a mobile application you will be able to remember the good things and go back over the bad things to recognize what went wrong when you had errors.