In a dynamic business, about 20 people enter a room, sit down and put their phones, iPads and other devices to the center of the table. It was the last session of the Conference, and the rules were simple.
The right to the word went around the table twice. In the first pass, each person was required to appoint an obstacle to achieve balance in your life. In the second passage, each person would identify one thing that seemed to help them overcome this obstacle. In the end, the idea of momentum was to let everyone with a new understanding of the problems faced and the new set of tools to be used to overcome them.
All were part of the crowd always online. They were responsible for corporations or led large teams. Most of them were on top of their game professionally. For any successful modern standard, these people were entrepreneurs. They had all kinds of roles, careers and lives where you get to maintain some control to decide how to spend your time, to sit down and figure out your priorities.
One by one, each person described an obstacle: I need to manage my team more effectively. I need to make a more efficient use of my time. I need to spend more quality time with my kids before they are too old to need me. While the topics were varied, the obstacles were not really. In each case, the main obstacle being described was resting on the table, for a rare moment, just beyond the reach of his arm.
Everyone was basically complaining about technology.
I Need to Turn Off Once in A While
I work online, so there is always someone online who is ready to cooperate. My file of students and lesson plans is so confusing that sometimes spent more time on it than teaching. Was distracted all the time. I was never fully present when I was with friends. Even when I knew I should be taking a break, I felt the phone vibrating in my pocket and I was sucked into it, was to play a game or a chat.
Then came the second passage around the table. One by one, people described his solution, the correction that would make it a little easier to overcome the obstacle between your current life and a more balanced.
The first medicine shown in Dynamics was a software solution across the enterprise that would allow a Manager to have better control of the projects in progress. The following was a personal productivity application. So, someone described a strategy to fill the time wasted on a morning walk, working through a list of phone calls that had to be returned.
And the obstacles, all have one thing in common: they were all of technology. It was like listening to a lot of people explaining how they would use heroin to end the addiction to crack.
What’s Wrong with Today’s Technology?
Technology used to be a way to solve little problems of life. Now, technology is used to solve small problems caused by technology. On some level, we know that doesn’t make sense, but we don’t have an app to convince us. Where is the computer algorithm to prove that the quiet walk without the phone calls is the balance?
When it comes to our physical health, we often see with new pills to relieve the side effects of what we’re taking. The new pills have their own side effects, which can be a roller coaster. But at least there is some evidence that the drugs can cure the original disease.
Being more connected cannot cure us of losing too much time with the phone. Be more connected cannot make us less connected. Use another application will never be equal to use an application. There just isn’t an app for that.
The idea that we need a technological solution to a lot of technology is, at best, a large placebo effect of the Internet age. We feel we’re getting a little better, but that’s just part of the same addiction. We will always be just one more piece of technology away from the solution.
How to Avoid Losing Too Much Time with Your Smartphone?
We are in the early stages of the information revolution. We became more connected and more distracted. There is no turning back at this point. And believe me, I felt like everyone around the table during the dynamics. As you read this, I’ll be with multiple Windows open my browser, chat and sources to write more articles. I’m not in a position to tell anyone to leave technology. But I am convinced that we can make better choices about how to avoid wasting too much time with their cell phones.
Whenever I have a free time, even for a few minutes, get away from the technology and force my friends and companies to do the same when they’re with me. Even if no one understands it, everyone ends up meeting, for a short time, some sort of balance in their lives. For good hours, people are able to talk face to face, even things that we like a lot, until someone decided to get an electronic device and the censorship of the Group made the person simply quit. After all, any message or e-mail can wait some time to be answered.
We found the solution to waste too much time on your phone: just unplug it. Who knew that a balanced life is just a click away? Avoid applications that contains your uptime, avoid being with your electronics in moments of relaxation. Above all, do not use your cell phone when you’re with friends and other companies.
Do you have any more tips on how to avoid losing too much time on the phone? Share in the comments below!