Yes, it IS possible to be productive and have a smartphone. But it requires you to step up and be the one in control instead of letting your smartphone be the boss.
There are countless benefits of smartphone technology and in this post, I give you some suggestions to make your phone your ally.
I believe technology is a blessing and a curse.
A blessing because it allows us to do so much at our fingertips: stay in touch via email, texting, or social media.
A curse because it can be a time suck. Spending too much time in email (which is just a place where people drop problems into your lap), texting friends, or social media (do I really need to talk about this?)
Let's focus on the GOOD that technology brings us with an emphasis on smartphones.
Note: it doesn’t matter what smartphone you use but as an Apple fanboy (no apologies), I may refer to my iPhone a lot but it’s not meant to offend anyone.
Before I get started
I find that Screen time is a game for me....
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How would you like to know the secrets to have an unbelievably unproductive, miserable and frustrating day, week, month, or year?
Well, I got you!
Here are 21 things you need to in order to your most unproductive self.
But if you'd be productive, happy, and fulfilling, I've got you covered too!
Let's do this!
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Has this ever happened to you? You return from vacation all rested and raring to go.
You have the best of intentions but you just can't seem to get moving.
If you have, rest assured...you're not alone. We've all been there. Even me...Mister Productivity!
Not too long ago, I returned from visiting my parents.
For the first time in a few years, it was just me and my parents.
I had a great time but…as an entrepreneur…
I returned ready to get back to work stronger than ever.
That's when reality hit.
I scheduled a half-day to catch up - which was my first mistake. It took far longer than that to catch up.
But once I did catch up, my motivation wasn't there.
For the rest of that week!
Why does this happen?
I mean, I knew what needed to be done.
That wasn't the problem.
Getting back into the swing of things was.
Let’s talk about BEFORE you leave for vacation
Thing #1: make sure your calendar is clear.
Put your time off on your calendar as soon as you...
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I’ve been telling people for a long time, “tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.”
But what does that mean anyway?
It means to plan...but it's more than that.
PROactive vs REactive
When you don't take the time to plan your time, you'll be much more likely to be in reactive mode rather than proactive.
In other words, you'll be doing what other people want you to do throughout your day instead of what you need/want to do.
Proactive people are more productive than reactive people are. It's not even close.
Which begs the question...
How do you plan?
Here is my 4-step process for planning my time.
STEP ONE: Start with a list
Perhaps one of the most common mistakes people make when they are planning their time is they are at a loss of what to put on their schedule.
There are probably already events on your calendar for tomorrow, next week, next month, etc. These may include coaching clients, interviews, seeing clients, doctor's...