When are you connected to technology? More importantly, when do you disconnect?
Here’s the story of a lady who stayed connected 24/7…until she “blew a circuit breaker”.
The lesson she learned from that was to set strict rules for herself. She decided when she would check email. And when she wouldn’t. Of course she told her colleagues that her email responses might be delayed. She also advised “If it’s a true emergency, text or call.”
Studies indicate the majority of business leaders haven’t made that decision. To their detriment, I’ll wager!
A little aside on decision-making I hope you find valuable:
Dr. Benjamin Hardy has some unique and valuable ideas about decision-making. He contends that willpower is for those who haven’t decided.“Design trumps willpower.” – B. J. Fogg, Stanford psychologist
Ben is one of my most trusted mentors. Since I started working with him several months ago, I’ve found this to be true. Several decisions I’ve made have simplified my life and work considerably. Among the most important are:
- Rising at 5:00 AM every work day, which also means going to bed before 11:00 PM every night before.
- In the first few minutes after I get up, I take a quick cold shower and drink 20 ounces (0.6 l.) of water.
When I was first presented with these suggestions, in prospect they looked difficult. Now, having made the decision to follow this routine, it is indeed routine…and easy. No decisions required! No will power required! The decision is made.
The benefits in improved engagement and focus are huge.
To get back to the “lead story”. Mathilde Collin, her company (Front) and her life have realized big improvements. Her new focus on “the important things” (usually not urgent) has brought her many great things.