Your Phone Might Be Keeping You From Being a Great Leader
Studies show that we touch our phones an average 2500 times a day! We hear our clients state that they don’t have time to lead, to get trained, or to hold one-on-ones. Taking control of your phone is one way to have more time and to enable you to focus on developing your teammates.
Here are four strategies from Cory Muscara, author of Stop Missing Your Life - How to Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present Word and Neil Pasricha, author of The Happiness Equation and You Are Awesome.
1. Clean It Up - Go through your apps and get rid of the ones you don’t use anymore. Then organize them into folders so they’re easy to clean up in the future. Move your addictive social media apps to a second or third screen so you don’t see them. I even moved my email to the second screen so I’m not tempted to check it all the time.
2. Get Rid of Push Notifications - Turn off all push notifications unless there is an app that is a matter of life and death. Pasricha suggests putting your phone on airplane mode for most of the day and taking it off for a couple of hours to deal with important issues. This makes a difference during meetings and when you need to focus on a person or a project.
3. Control Your Time on the Scrollercoaster - Muscara uses the term “scrollercoaster” in his book. It’s so true how we start doing one thing on our phone and it leads to another and scrambles our brain. Plus all of the time on our phones is physically harming our necks, our eyes and even our thumbs. Both authors as well as other experts suggest staying off our phones for the first and last hour of the day.
4. Stop, Drop and Be - This is difficult and a good strategy that I have been working on. Try standing in line or waiting at a restaurant and NOT touching your phone. Take time to look around you, to notice things or to just clear your head. I have found that I solve problems and remember important issues when I have that “Stop, Drop and Be” time.
Everyone is addicted to their phones; it’s not just a young person’s issue. If you really want to make an impact on your team members and help them be the best that they can be, get off the "scrollercoaster" and focus on their development.
Listen to Cory's book. I just finished it and it was life changing - Stop Missing Your Life - How To Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World
Check out Coaching for Leaders' podcast with Neil - How to Be a Happier Person