We've all seen it and we're (probably) all guilty of it. I sure am. Smart Phone addictive tendencies. If it's the last thing you check before falling asleep, the first thing you see in the morning, and a part of your daily life -- even while on vacation, you need to know about some insightful research.
Leslie Perlow, author of Sleeping with Your Smart Phone and Harvard Business School Professor, challenged a team of Boston Consulting Group professionals to take "predictable time off". These "world's leading business advisors" fit the addictive tendencies I mention above, and over 90% work over 50 hours per week with a third clocking in at 65.
The results reported in Harvard Business Review were very telling -- I highlight a few below:
My relationship with my first Blackberry (and the expectation that I would always be "on" as a PR professional) started ten years ago, so it is a tough habit to break. In the last six months, I've been turning off on Sundays, and I have seen my creativity, productivity and energy levels increase. Last year I even took a 10 day vacation without my phone. (Well, I brought it with me, but it was turned off the entire time.)
The areas where I'm still struggling are early morning and evening times, when the urge to connect, produce for clients, or just make sure everything okay, is a strong one. Perlow's research proves something I've known deep down for a long time -- that constant connectivity is neither the most efficient, effective, or health way to run a business. It also proves that "mother is always right" because she told me to establish a set schedule and stick to it within the first month of starting my business.
Here's to a more productive, creative and healthier way of working!
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