I started my first company before the thought of smart phones in 2003, with a land line, an email address and a dream. My marketing consisted of flyers, handouts, radio ads and networking. After a specific time in the evening, I turned off the work-phone to focus on a little meditation before bedtime.
Our phones have made business so much easier, but now your distractions have direct access to you all day. Today, my phone goes off hundreds of times per day with unimportant notifications. However, I'm more disciplined than ever about productivity and achieving tangible results each month for my company.
Although we are all guilty of scrolling through our timeline, what starts out as a few minutes of relaxation can become hours of non-stop distractions from your business and career. It is not intentional, but it happens.
Once I decided to cross the million dollar mark, I discovered the importance of dedicated focus. No more long group texts throughout the day, checking my Instagram account for the latest fashion, responding to text messages that asked me to check my email, etc. Adding a level of accountability to my former phone addiction has been rewarding - financially and personally.
You may underestimate how much time you spend on your phone and the impact it has on your business. We have all spent time-
Your phone is killing your productivity.
Underestimating the value of wasted time is why your phone is getting in the way of you making your way to your first million.
In addition, the non-stop lack of discipline also allows you to spend more time confirming your fears, insecurities and doubt as other people's filtered highlight reel and negative stories appear at your finger tips. Most of the notifications on your phone do not require your immediate attention, yet we have become consumed with every "ping" and "buzz" that goes off throughout the day, filled with distractions that interrupt productivity.
Here are three ways to turn it around.
1. Set a time to check your phone
2. Automate, automate, automate
3. Respond at the end of the day