We’ve all been there, desperately trying to finish a project, hurrying to meet our deadlines and interrupted every few minutes by the phone! In large part though, we would think that technology would aid us at work, helping us to perform tasks more efficiently and get through the daily grind.

But a recent study has actually found that around 33% of young professionals actually feel that technology hinders them at work.

I did purchase a smartwatch a while back, I thought it’d be great, counting my steps, playing music and connecting to my phone.

Until I wore it to work. Every time my phone went off it buzzed, jolting me back to reality and distracting me from whatever task I was trying to complete. More than that though, it buzzed every half an hour if I hadn’t moved from my desk, it also buzzed if I wasn’t close to my daily step goals and then it would buzz again if I completed my steps.

I could not cope! In the end, the watch had to buzz off!

Technology like this, that aims at keeping us connected, can sometimes keep us too connected. We really do have to occasionally unplug.

With that being said, there are some technologies that successfully make our working lives so much easier.


This is a great app that allows you to create to-do lists and send them to whoever you need to, the apps sync together so you can see which tasks your co-workers have managed to complete. Handy! Especially, if you are a little like me and can’t get to sleep at night without creating a list of things you need to do the next day.


Pocket is an app where you can save any content you find online that you haven’t had a chance to look at properly. This is great if, like me, you scroll through social media when you manage to have a spare two minutes – but don’t really get a chance to absorb any information or take in any articles.


Thank God for Skype. Forget traveling to London for a meeting when you can be there virtually. It definitely saves a lot of commuting and helps businesses discuss things together when they are far apart.

We know it can definitely feel overwhelming to be so switched on all of the time but it certainly does help sometimes. Think about how much harder things would be without technology.