“We create our fate every day . . . most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.”
― Henry Miller
Have you ever been asked to change something about you? Have you tried to change a behavior you didn’t like much? How much success did you have?
Digital distractions are consuming more and more of people’s time and reducing their ability to be highly productive. Digital games can become addictive. Phones are an always-on, always available ready to answers any call or text, personal leash. Phones or text messages are expected to be answered in an instant no matter where you are. It becomes a part of your life. The always-on nature of digital devices become distractions when they inhibit or reduce your ability to deal with the important things in life.
Digital devices invade nearly every aspect of life, the drive to work, the meeting, the lunch with friends, the vacation, the important conversation, and just about everything else. How much times does your digital device require from you?
What is the proper digital etiquette? How long can an email sit in the inbox before it must be answered? When do you have to answer or acknowledge a text message?
For some people answering a text or the phone must be done immediately, in the car, in the restaurant, with friends, in the bathroom or just about anywhere there is a digital signal. Always-on means always available.
The addiction to digital devices and their siren call isn’t easy to break. It requires a change in a behavior, a change of the rules, and a new way of responding to the demands of digital devices. People who are being pressed to get more done find that digital leashes are pulling them further and further away from getting work done. How about you? Are your digital devices hindering your productivity? How do you know?
What does it take to turn email off?
What does it take to turn the smart phone off?
What does it take to disconnect from Twitter and Facebook?
Can you do it? What would happen if you did?
Digital devices are creating in many people symptoms of ADHD, lack of focus, poor time management, procrastination and ineffective decision making all can be tied to digital distractions.
Steps to reducing the digital distractions.
1. Turn the phone off and wait at least 15 minutes before turning it on. Keep extending the period when the phone is turned off.
2. Answer email 3 times a day and no more. The continuous checking of email reduces effectiveness.
3. Create digital free zones (the dinner table, meetings with friends, etc.)
4. Keep digital devices out of the bedroom.
Start getting your life back and start getting more done. When will you start?