Articles Tagged ‘Cell phones’

Habits – Live in the Moment

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Imagine that you own a business and every Monday at 10 am you ask your senior staff members to meet for 1 hour. During this meeting you lay out plans for the week and discuss progress towards your goals. Do you allow your team to bring their cell phones to the meeting? If yes, are they alllowed to respond to texts/emails while others are talking?

Now, fast forward to lunch and see yourself sitting at a table with a prospect/client/close friend and your phone vibrates. Do you pick it up to see who is calling/texting/emailing?

Over the last 8 years, I have been conducting a non-scientific experiment in human behavior. My research indicates that 97.5% of leaders allow their staff to play on their phones during meetings and 99.8% of individuals check to see who is calling when they hear/feel the vibration at lunch.

There was actually a time when we didn’t carry a phone to every meeting, little league game or lunch appointment.

And guess what? People were OK with the fact that we couldn’t be reached every minute of every day. In fact, I would argue that our productivity was higher when we paid attention to the current moment.

So, why do we do it? Why have we allowed interruptions into every facet of our lives?

The unfortunate truth is that we have become so addicted to immediate gratification that we actually enjoy the disruptions. We get bored easily and look for anything to break the monotony.

That’s why one of the most important habits you can develop is the ability to avoid distractions and live in the moment.

Research clearly indicates that it’s nearly impossible to multitask on more than one activity that requires your thoughtful attention. As a result, when you allow yourself to be distracted by interruptions you easily lose your train of thought. A handful of texts during a meeting can keep you from grasping an important concept. Answering emails while working on a critical document can stretch a one hour project into an entire afternoon.

What if you were the one person at the next staff meeting who paid attention and listened to others? How about really engaging with your spouse or child at the next family dinner?

I’ve been working on living in the moment for the last 8 years and one thing I can promise you is that it’s not easy. The world tells you that inviting distractions into your life is the best way to stay connected and be productive.

The world is wrong. It’s time to slow down and smell the roses.

As with most things in life, the solution is simple. All you need to do is choose to execute. Choose wisely.

C.J. McClanahan
Reachmore Strategies

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