We are a society glued to all our technological devices and no one can deny it. Most times, walking into a coffee shop entails seeing half the people engrossed in their computers and the other half staring at their phones waiting for their Chai Latte. While this is just a part of society, sometimes technology takes over our life and makes us less productive. What do successful people do with their technology? Here are a few things:
They use technology sparingly when they are out and about
Most successful individuals will tell you that it is not wise to constantly being staring at your phone waiting for an email or call.
Why? Because those seconds worrying about when it will be in your inbox or the phone will ring is lost time that you could be putting your mind towards something productive like finishing an old project or focusing on how to start a new one. The anticipation really takes quality time out of one's day.
Email notifications are turned off when they are not in office
This is an extension from the earlier post, but successful people realize that their brain needs to turn off to be successful. After hours emails--unless you are a doctor or medical professional--can wait until morning.
You are no use to a client if you barely tried to put together a project at 3 a.m. because you saw an email, whereas had you just received the email in the morning after a good night sleep, you can tackle it with ease and a clear mind.
Phones are turned off at night
This is taking it a step further, but even successful individuals, like Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post know the benefits of a calm and full nights sleep. She was formally the head of her company before recently stepping down, but her main takeaway was that for people to be successful, they need to shut down at night without the use of technology driving them awake from stress and anticipation.
They do not take technology on vacations
A vacation is a vacation and successful people know this may be the only couple of days you will have to unwind and regain the stamina to continue working at a quality rate. Now, small business owners may have a little trouble walking away as the business is their own and employees may have questions while they are gone, but overall one should try to avoid "working" while on vacation.
Checking your phone on occasions in is fine, but taking five hours out if your day away just to finish a project won't yield great results.
What do you do to "unplug" yourself from technology?
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