Sitting for long periods in front of a screen is a recipe for inattention. Our brains simply can’t maintain peak alertness without regular stimulation of movement (our body, not someone else’s), active engagement (e.g. answering a question, engaging in conversation), or meaningful emotional experience.
Does that sound familiar to you? If it does……well, it could be digital fatigue. Digital fatigue is a state of mental exhaustion and disengagement when you’re using numerous digital tools, platforms and apps concurrently. Digital fatigue occurs for many reasons:
If any of this sounds familiar to you, well you’re not alone! In fact a whole new word has been recently coined to describe it…..”zoombies”. At Mortal Fools, we too sometimes feel like zoombies, as we try to navigate this new digital landscape and we experience fatigue every so often. However, we realise that this digital way of work is here to stay so we’ve got to figure out ways of making it work for us and looking after our brains and well-being, alongside fully embracing the projects, connections and new ways of working digital is enabling.
So, we thought we’d use this blog post, to share some of the strategies and tips to manage digital usage and mitigate digital fatigue from our Associate Mortal Fools practitioners. They are the ones that have been delivering our Mortal Fools digital projects, have sat in MANY Zooms and have a lot of learning to share!