I don’t know about you, but some days, my time management sucks.

Ok …  total transparency here … MOST days my time management sucks.

But I doubt I’m alone in this, right?

If you’re like me, you have multiple email addresses to check and respond to, not to mention phone calls, voicemail, text messages, calendar updates and reminders and then there’s that pesky chat group we have for our team communication.

Then you add in the management of social media > linkedin messages, facebook posts, twitter, etc. and keeping up with the engagement, questions, responses and so on.

And the endless notifications keep coming and coming and still coming to my phone and I’m half way through the day and realize I have been nothing but a slave to my phone … all day … just trying to keep up with the notifications.

My phone pings. I immediately look. It buzzes, I open the message. The pressure to look and to respond is mountainous.

It. Is. Non. Stop.

I decided IT had to stop. I was doing a million things but accomplishing nothing.

So I turned it off. The notifications. Shut it off.

Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t as simple as it sounds.

I had some serious anxiety about it! But I decided that I would try it. For 24 hours. And if it was detrimental to my business because I missed something important then I could always turn it back on.

I decided to turn off all of the notifications but 2. The rest I would make a point to check once or twice throughout the day, or as needed.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. It was NOT detrimental to my business.
  2. I did NOT miss anything important.
  3. Most of the notifications I was constantly checking were NOT urgent.
  4. I am NO LONGER a slave to my phone.
  5. It was EASY to make time to check to see if I was missing anything – and now I only check it twice a day.
  6. I am MORE productive and focused because there are less distractions.
  7. I have LESS stress and feel less over-whelmed because I no longer feel like there are thousands of people needing something from me at all times (sounds a little exaggerated, but it’s exactly how it felt).

Making that one tiny adjustment, changed my life.  Seriously.

I encourage you to try it. If you’re worried about getting too wrapped up in the day to day and forget to check, set a couple alarms on your phone as a reminder to check in.

And if you really want to affect your life in a positive way …

Shut it completely down. Pick a time. An hour before bed. Whatever. And shut it down. No calls, emails, texts, social media, nothing. Totally disengage. Unplug.

Whatever it is, it can wait.

Don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

Talk soon ~ David