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Published on February 4, 2014

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Blog by Sue Yates of Sue Yates Personnel looking at "Stepping away from the Smart Phone".

In this blog post we look at how the use of phones, internet and technology can encroach on personal time and the importance of a "digital detox".

Contact Sue for all your HR, Coaching and Recruitment needs.

Step away from the smart phone! There’s a reason that the new desired state amongst trendsetters is to be anonymous and uncontactable. As a society we’ve become, arguably, too connected. Too available. Too addicted to those little beeping machines in our bags, pockets or on our desks and bedside tables. Go on, admit it – can you resist that little tone that says ‘Hello! Message for you!’? From a world less than twenty years ago when ‘waiting until someone returned in the morning’ was a fast enough response, now we can reach colleagues, friends and family pretty much 24 hours a day, we can juggle many different information streams at once and, as a result, the pressure to respond instantly, to make fast decisions, often drives us to make less than perfect ones. Nicholas Carr, the author of ‘The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains’ and ‘The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google’ believes that the ability to juggle tasks, to keep track of different streams of information simultaneously, is one of the human brain’s great strengths. However, for Carr, the problem is that - thanks to our more or less continuous connections to the Internet and other electronic media - we never stop multitasking and constant multitasking is associated with shallower thinking, weakened concentration, reduced creativity, and heightened stress. Some of the worst offenders are business leaders. We can’t possibly miss a message, it might cost us money! The reality is that there’s a very compelling business reason to get a grip of how much technology is dictating the pace of your day. Stepping away from the phone or computer and the pressures of minute-by-minute issues offers a chance to gain some perspective on your business, to look at it from a distance and see what the real priorities are. It is as important to work on your business as it is to work in it. That is the only way to make good decisions about the longer term future of your business. A growing number of people are adopting a daily ‘digital detox’. For many, this is focused on their home, to try and ensure they get quality downtime. But it can also apply during the working day. With my coaching clients I advocate regular time away from the technology to take stock – and as much of the evening as possible given over to relaxation. It can be as simple as switching off the phone whilst you eat your lunchtime sandwich, devoting an hour a day to ignoring incoming emails, no phones on in restaurants – or taking half a day every couple of weeks to get out of the office, perhaps with key colleagues, to review the business. Everyone can find the time to follow at least one of these simple rules. Old habits die hard, but getting in control of your technology addictions will pay dividends; giving you a new energy and perspective on your business and on your personal life too. If you would like some support in getting perspective on your business challenges, please give me a call on 0121 711 7801 and let’s organise to meet for a coffee. Now, where’s my iPhone. I think I just heard a text come in… Sue www.sueyatespersonnel.com sue@sueyatespersonnel.com Whiteley Scott Ltd, trading as Sue Yates Personnel * Company Reg. No. 6581127 * VAT No. 933 809 114 c/o Sephton & Co LLP, Marston House, 5 Elmdon Lane, Marston Green, Solihull, West Midlands, B37 7DL

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