Switch off and have a delicious glass of something nice
The new labour agreement that could change your life (if you live in France)
A new ruling in France means when workers go home at 6pm, they must ignore their bosses work emails, even if it pings into your inbox on an iPhone/smartphone. Zut alors! What a magnifique concept. I've no idea how authorities will ever enforce this but it is a relevant idea. After all we are paid to work at work, not 24/7. Those of us who work more flexible hours should be just as strict when it comes to downtime. Whether we work in the mornings, evenings, or the middle of the night, we should set periods when we switch off. Otherwise it won't happen. After work finishes - yes, every single one of us should be sitting down and enjoying a nice glass of whatever takes our fancy.
(A delicious glass of something nice. Not an smartphone in sight.)
I remember my friend James proudly showing me his new iPhone in 2008. We were on holiday in Bulgaria, and he gave me a lengthy demonstration of the new gadget's merits. I was duly awed by the technology, even if the iPhone 1 seemed to take around 10 minutes to open one Facebook page. My instinctive reaction though was that I wasn't sure that I would want one myself. To never be able to escape from work. The thought of being on holiday as we were, and being bothered, hassled or stressed about business seemed pretty miserable. A few months later, of course, I owned one and I was hooked. A whole new reality was created for us all.
Before iPhones, the world was indeed a different place. So I love my iPhone, and I don't wanna come over all preachy here. Now though, in the interests of high performance, I'm finding more and more disconnected time. I recognise the improvements that smartphones bring, but I also recognise my ludicrous borderline addiction to checking work emails, whatsapp, facebook, etc for no reason. Normally this takes place while I could be paying far more attention to the world around me. So I get strict with myself. Increasingly people complain that technology imposes on rather than frees them. The answer? Either move to France, or discover Airplane Mode/Do Not Disturb Mode. Willing to try a week of 'two hours Airplane Mode a day'?
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