7 Ways To Take Control Over Your Technology

In our ultra-connected world, we’re constantly surrounded by technology. With all the advantages that come from technology, there are also negative consequences. For every tool it provides to build your business, create content, and connect with customers, technology also provides an opportunity to get distracted or overwhelmed.

We can’t let technology control us. We have to take control over our technology.

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Here are seven things I do regularly to put myself in control of my technology:

1. Disable phone notifications for social media and email. The buzz of a new alert can be incredibly distracting and lead you down a rabbit hole of scrolling your phone. By removing notifications, I no longer feel the urge to check my phone constantly. Those messages and emails are still there when I check my phone on my schedule.

2. Don’t bring technology to the table. It doesn’t matter what meal or who I’m eating with. Meals are a technology-free time and give me a few moments to breathe, unplug, and connect with the family or friends next to me.

3. Charge your devices in a separate room. It’s common to charge your phone next to your bed at night, but that just makes it easier to check your phone right before you go to bed and first thing when you wake up. Create a physical separation from your phone and charge it somewhere else.

4. Don’t keep a TV in the bedroom. I want my bedroom to be a relaxing place where I can unwind. Having a TV in the bedroom can make it tempting to flip through channels instead of relaxing with a book or quality conversation.

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5. Create an auto-response telling people you only check email once or twice a day. I did this for years before hiring a virtual assistant. Letting people know I wasn’t sitting in my inbox eliminated many distractions.

6. Create rituals that signify you are done using technology. Every day, around 5 p.m., I close my computer and say, “I’m closing the garage” to let myself and everyone else know that my work time with technology is over for the day. That ritual acts as a mental shift from work and helps me unplug.

7. Give yourself an outlet. There are so many better things to do than aimlessly scroll your phone. Instead of reaching for technology, find an outlet or hobby to distract yourself from the urge to be on your phone.

Technology brings so much good to the world, but it also brings countless distractions. Being successful means staying ahead of technology and taking control of it so you don’t get distracted.

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4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com. Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work

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