Our biggest distraction impacting productivity these days; is our own mind.

The internet is a strange paradox. On one hand it connects us globally, on the other hand it takes away real-life interactions.

How often do you check your phone on a daily basis? According to research the average smart phone user checks their phone every 6.5 minutes or 150 times per day!

When you go out for a meal, do you notice couples, parents and kids paying more attention to their phones more than each other?

I went to the Wiggles recently with my daughter and watched people filming their experience through a smart phone rather than being immersed in the experience with their kids. Were they going home to watch it on a smaller screen?

We know that technology can have amazing benefits and will continue to enhance our lives, As long as its not taking priority of real human experiences.

Perhaps it’s time to get some strategies to unplug for a while and have a healthy relationship with technology.

Here are a few ways to keep your digital life in check.

1.  Disable notifications.

This one is crucial for productivity as they are a constant source of distraction. We check into our social media accounts more than we should, so do we really need another trigger when someone likes a photo or makes a comment?

2.   Leave your phone at home.  

Next time going out for dinner or for a lunch date with friends, leave your phone at home. This may sound difficult or challenging at first. The reality is once you arrive at your destination, you will be truly engaged with your guests. At a minimum don’t allow phones on the table.

3.   Don’t check your phone first thing.

When you wake up in the morning, instead of reaching over to check your phone, why not take a moment to say good morning to your partner. Or journal in a notebook the three things you are grateful for. Watch how differently your day unfolds. You will be pleasantly surprised.

4. Off the grid.  

Can you switch your phone off for the whole day? I do this on Sundays. It feels like the 24 hours lasts for 2 weeks. If this is too drastic, try powering down for 2 hours on a chosen day. Baby steps first if you feel the off the grid day makes you anxious.

Pick one of the ideas above and commit to doing it this week. Whether it is disabling notifications, not checking your phone first in the morning, leaving your phone at home or going off the grid. Find one that is easy for you to achieve.

Suggested Video.

How social media is rewiring our brains – Dr. Dan Siegel

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