One of the main things this connectivity does is to distract us from dealing with the things and people we should be focussing on.
First we had the desk top computer at our work place, but it wasn't so distracting. When you left the office that was it. The internet was not so sophisticated. The words social media hadn't been invented.
Then came laptops and some of us had home computers, but it still wasn't so available and captivating as the deadly so called smart phone! A hand held computer with automated functions, apps and social media. Or should it be called a dumb phone because you become dumb from using it? You become addicted to using it. You become desocialized and waste time.
There is no escape! Or is there?
Here are some tips about getting some focus back into your life:
2) Put a Dumb Phone basket in the entrance to your house. When guests come or you come home, Dumb Phones can be placed in the basket.
3) Create some rituals or habits and stick to them. In the morning this might be 15 minutes to meditate or read and reflect, muesli with yogurt (healthy breakfast), water and a 15 minute walk. Evenings clean up after eating a healthy meal so you are free later and do not face a mess in the morning. In the evening, do not watch the death and disaster News right before sleeping. Relax, stretch, read and take 10 minutes to plan for tomorrow and be grateful for the day.
3) Control your emailing habits. Do not start the day by opening your email. This can be one of the worst things to do. Rather open your email for a check perhaps two to three times per day.
4) Do not have the "pling" turned on so that each email or sms calls out to you. Most of them are unimportant, most. And they can all be taken at one time, several different times of the day. So turn off the message warning. When you break your focus and answer a text message or Facebook pling you use up 15 minutes of your day and cost your employer with unproductive time. Multi tasking is not a good thing.
5) Clean up and organize your work area and emails. Delete, delete and delete. Use folders to save what is important under the right topic heading. Organize and tidy each evening before you go home or go to sleep. If things are orderly your next day will most likely be focussed and more productive.
6) Challenge yourself to put away your dumb phone when you are with family, friends or business associates. Children suffer from your inattentive telephone behaviours and generally feel ignored.
Remember, put yourself in the other person's shoes. How does it feel when you sit there with them and they text on their phone? Get real and get a life! Manage your own life, do not let social media and the dumb phone manage you. Take a technology break periodically. Not available. You are the master.
Have a good and focussed week. Bob and Marianne