Cambridge Virtual Summer Festival of Learning: “Working and Living Onscreen”

Hello Everyone — for those of you that had a chance to attend my talk “Working and Living on Screen: Digital Wellbeing and Productivity” as part of the Cambridge Virtual Summer Festival of Learning, here are some links that I wanted to share in case you might find them helpful.


On Digital Distractions


I talked about how nowadays we might be more inundated by digital distractions than ever before — not all distractions are necessarily bad of course, but how can we help manage our distractions when we are trying to focus?


Here’s another blog post I’ve done, with 5 quick tips you might want to check out: “How Do We Manage Digital Distractions?”via the FERSA Cambridge blog


And here’s another blog post with some psychological insights on digital distraction management that I recommend: “Conquering Digital Distraction” via Harvard Business Review


Infinite scroll (something you might have encountered when using apps such as Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, etc.) is something that I find particularly tricky to deal with. Here’s an eye-opening article on the inventor of infinite scroll:


Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is definitely a real thing and don’t worry, it’s not just you. But what can we do about it?


“How to Combat Zoom Fatigue” via the Harvard Business Review

“The reason Zoom calls drain your energy” via BBC

(unrelated note: apparently there are a lot of cats on Zoom)


Schedule Digital Breaks

I really like the Freedom App, and here’s a blog post I did on how to use Freedom for helping counter our digital distractions:


And, taking breaks away from our screens by spending about 15 minutes a day outside in nature can truly do us some good. From a recent study: “Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing” via Nature


Time Self Audit


How much time are we spending online? And where is our time going? One thing I recommend is doing a bit of self-experimentation and finding out how much times you’re spending working, or distracted just to give yourself a glimpse of what your habits are.


RescueTime is a great tool to get you started. For now, forget about scores and goals — use this as a way to see where your time is going, and then decide for yourself what is and isn’t working for you:


For those of you that use Android devices, Google has some very interesting tools worth checking out (click on the image below for more on Google Digital Wellbeing):


And their Google Digital Wellbeing Experiments are kind of fun as well!


Surprise me


I run the ThinkLab at the University of Cambridge, and research digital habits, productivity, and wellbeing.

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