E-WORKLIFE is an interdisciplinary research team of experts exploring the use of digital technology in work, life and wellbeing. Established by Professor Anna L Cox, the team includes researchers based in the UCL Interaction Centre and Department of Anthropology at UCL, the School of Computer Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Northumbria University.

Coming soon! Eworklife radio

February 2021: We will be recruiting people to take part in a study exploring whether music can help you focus on work and take regular micro-breaks. Check back soon for more information.

Advice for remote workers

Building on a decade of our research into how to best manage our digital devices to support both the work and non-work parts of our lives, we provide you with evidence-based strategies to support remote working.

Our 3 step process

  1. Before you start, take some time to reflect on your work-life balance and what is it exactly you would like to improve. You can spend as much time as you want on this activity. Don’t know where to start? Click here to take part in our research project – we will guide you through a self-reflection exercise (10 mins) and provide you with guidance as to which strategies are most likely to work for you
  2. Select one or two strategies to start with and see how you get on. Remember, your time = your rules. If something doesn’t work for you, you can always revert back to old habits or try out new strategies. Click here to find an overview of the evidence-based strategies that can help you stay productive while working from home
  3. We know from psychological research that goal setting is really important in terms of changing a behaviour. A bit like setting an objective, it’s important to choose a clear and measurable goal. In order to help you stick to your new goal, we recommend you write down what you intend to try. You can also decide to share your commitment on social media, or just by talking to friends, family and/or colleagues. Keeping track of how are you going, and what is working, or not working is really important. Also, you will find that as time goes by, or situations change, you might want to revisit your strategies. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t achieve your goal. If that happens, set a more realistic goal and start again. It’s best to set small achievable goals than lots of different ones. Most importantly, make sure you give yourself a reward when you have achieved your goal! Those taking part in our research project receive additional support with setting goals to change their digital behaviours.

Other information

We have carefully chosen the examples of apps that are listed on this site and we hope you find them beneficial, however, unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for the information provided on other websites or in the apps listed.