Dave Crenshaw, author of The Myth of Multitasking, has published a new blog post on how to regain control of technology- take a look.
Do you ever feel like your smartphone bosses you around? Technology was created to help us be more productive…yet it often ends up doing the opposite. Ding after ding, your phone demands your attention, insisting you immediately answer that call, text, or email.
When you’re accessible all day, every day, the line between work and personal life can become so blurred it’s nearly invisible. We’ve become servants to our digital devices!
It’s time to regain control and allow your technology to serve you—instead of the other way around. Here are a few tips to get started:
1. Create phone time boundaries for when you’ll use your phone for work versus personal life.
2. Curate a home screen with the apps you use for each part of your day. Some examples: Anytime, Work Time, Family Time, etc.
3. Use tools and settings like “Do Not Disturb” to reduce the urge to pick up your phone when you need to focus.
Pick one tip and focus on putting it into action, then set a reminder to come back and implement another one.
Breaking the habit of being a servant to your technology can be tough. Remember to be forgiving of yourself if you slip up!
How do you keep your phone from controlling your day?
Dave’s LinkedIn Learning course, How to Slow Down and Be More Productive, teaches you ways to reduce the sense of urgency that reduces your ability to focus. Try it now at davecrenshaw.com/slow.
The Myth of Multitasking
How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done
Productivity and effective time management end with multitasking. The false idea that multitasking is productive has become even more prevalent and damaging to our productivity and well-being since the first edition of The Myth of Multitasking was published in 2008. In this revised and updated second edition, author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw provides a solution for the chaos of distraction that multitasking creates―and a way to combat the temptation to constantly switch between tasks.
Learn how to actually get things done. Dave Crenshaw takes the idea of multitasking as a productivity tool and smashes it to smithereens. But rather than leaving you with the burden of wading through the wreckage all by yourself, he shows you how to focus, move forward, and free up more time for what you value the most.