Remember when a phone was just a phone, and the most distracting thing it did was ring? Now, you can’t get through a conversation, meal, or project without checking your inbox, retweeting a picture, or responding to a text.
In the past, people didn’t battle with Facebook or Twitter. The modern world is distracted by these platforms, and constant connectivity only makes it harder to focus.
I’m not suggesting you throw away your phone and move to a remote cabin in the woods. The real problem isn’t the gadgets — it’s us. Here are eight ways even the most inundated person can guarantee a more productive day:
When you learn how to focus your efforts and use your time more wisely, you’ll find yourself achieving more success, health, and happiness. You’ll also find you have a lot more free time.
My father is a perfect example. When he first launched his orthodontist practice, he worked five days a week. Eventually, he decided to close on Fridays. By tightening his schedule and arranging appointments more efficiently, he could work less while earning the same amount. He even began making more due to the increased efficiency and savings of closing for a day. The best part was that he found more time to spend with family.
If you want to spend more time with your family and less time browsing Facebook, implement a few of these changes to boost productivity. In fact, you can start right now.
John Meyer is the Founder/CEO of Lemonly, a visual marketing firm that creates understanding through visuals. John wants to turn your lemons into lemonade with infographics and data viz. He writes about focus and productivity at the PointLetter.com.