There is no reason to be envious of your co-worker, best friend or sibling’s new phone. (Full disclosure: I now use an iPhone for work and it has changed how I communicate with friends and family, I’m now more likely to respond to e-mail and texts quicker.)
If you really look at what you use your cell phone for, you can pare down expenses easily.
For those who use their phones to mostly text and call people, you don’t need a Droid. If you’re never used a GPS and don’t need to be constantly connected to the internet, you don’t need an iPhone. If your office doesn’t expect you to respond to e-mail after hours, you don’t need a Blackberry.
Did you notice a theme in the above sentences? Need. That’s right, separating needs from wants will not only keep you from owning a phone with features you’ll never use, but will probably save you money on your monthly phone bill.
This previous post on crying at your desk resulted in more comments about finding a reasonable outlet for stress than on the actual topic of crying at work.
I’m not surprised. Everyone is connected 24 hours a day, seven days per week to everything from friends and family to co-workers and clients. It can be hard to turn off the Blackberry, stop checking e-mail and take time for yourself. But if you don’t do those things once in a while, the stress will continue to grow and that will leave you prone to losing it at your desk.
I cheat and use exercise as an opportunity to catch up with friends, let go of stress and generally clear my head. If I want company, I’ll invite friends to run with me. If I need to release aggression and just focus, I choose tennis. Running allows me to have thoughts come and go, while tennis requires complete concentration on the task at hand (or I risk taking a tennis ball to the face or running into the metal pulley on the net, ouch!).
How do you let go of the stresses of your day and keep them from building up over time?