I'm Not Productive, I Am Busy Wasting Time on My Phone.
You love your phone. So do I. But we are on our phones WAY too much and the result is less time to dedicate to your actual business.
You don’t have to go any further than a nice restaurant, to realize just how addicted we have become to our phones. A group of 6 people will be sitting there with their phones on the table and any idle moment in the conversation they will jump directly to their phone. Even in the midst of conversation, you will see half the table on their phones.
Not because they have something interesting they are looking up.
Not because they have something important coming in.
But because grabbing our phones, and swiping through senseless apps has become a big part of our lives…and for a better word, an addiction.
10 years ago these restaurants would be bustling with conversation, and while there is still conversation going on these days, it is all too common that people are pulling out their phones to check it…out of habit, not that they have something important coming in.
More phone time equates to less meaningful conversation and human connection. It also means that we are naturally getting worse at expressing ourselves through the spoken word.
This is not just a hindrance to social life, it can profoundly impact your ability to create and grow a business.
Your Business Depends on LESS Phone Usage, Not More.
Less phone usage, more productivity.
Sure there are elements of your business that rely on your phone, but most that claim to be “working” on social media, are mostly wasting their time.
You are much better off spending an hour writing an article for your business, doing some research, building a logo or graphics, researching your niche, or discovering new keywords and opportunities…than you are sitting on Instagram wondering what Snoop Dogg is going to post about today. Lol
The problem is, we don’t control a lot of our activities. It is done implicitly, and out of habit. So to change your activities, and to become more productive and successful in business it is going to take a shift in your habits. Making your BUSINESS a habit, versus your ENTERTAINMENT.
How Much Time Are You Spending on Your Phone
I know I still am over-doing it. I am constantly checking WA from my phone when I am not connected on my computer, but I also waste time
You can check the app usage and screen time stats on your phone. You can also control these, with particular apps but as a starting point you want to get an idea of just how much time you are spending on your phone.
I bet you are spending many hours per day on your phone, like doing things that don't amount to ANY benefit to your life (and definitely not your business). The average person spends 7 hours per day on their phone. Yes, 7!
What if you dedicated a fraction of this time to your business? What if you could get this screen time down to 1 hour, or even 2...and were able to free up an additional 5 hours for business related activities?
You CAN Create More Time.
The notion that we all have the same number of hours per day is very true, but we all use those hours much differently.
Yes, your phone could be part of your business, but do you really need to check your email 50 times per day, and do you really need to be on Instagram while you are at attempting to write an article? No.
I am not saying to stop using your phone, but focus on using your phone less. The less you use it, the more time you will reclaim that you can dedicate to productive things in your life. Productive things like building your business.
Being on Facebook or Instagram can be part of your business, but you have to be actively doing something that is HELPING your business. Hanging out and looking at other people’s pictures and focusing on their lives, and even sharing yours likely has no relationship to your business. It is pure time waste (though can be entertaining).
So be careful about what you deem a "business activity". If you can be a little more conscious of your overall usage on your phone, then you can improve your business. I can tell you people that are succeeding at the highest rates are not spending their waking days snooping other people's lives on social media. They are doing things that benefit THEIR business.
So today, I want to task you to use your phone for important things, important communications, and even social fun. But spend more time on the stuff that matters and things that can improve your business, your education, your financial situation and ultimately your quality of life.