A distracted life has now become the normal way to live.
A monthly payment for access to the internet, taking photos, shooting videos, texting, and oh yes talking on the phone is not even thought of as a luxury item – it is a necessary part of our lives. Ask anyone from a teenager to the soccer parent – it is in our hands, on our hip or beats connected and in our pockets. How much money do you pay each month?
How much time do you spend on your phone checking facebook, shopping on Amazon Prime Day or texting and only you know what else? The monetary aspect has crept into all of our budgets.
What about the distracted life we all now lead?
Today it was clear to me from conversations with clients that productivity is taking a big hit because we are always connected. In theory, for many of us, our workday never ends as we remain connected 24 X 7. The organizations who employ many people have lost any guilt they may have previously had in contacting their employees during off hours.
This is largely due to most employees being connected 24 X 7. The flip side of this equation is the amount of time lost – productivity lost – due to the same easy access via the cell phone device of choice.
Amazon Prime Day is a perfect example.
How much time was spent searching during what would typically be highly productive hours at work and instead looking for specials and deals on Amazon?
Stop here for a moment. This is not about me bashing technology – the cell phone – or Amazon! I am all in too! Virtually any question is right there at my fingertips to be answered. Warning – Use the answers with caution – check the source.
Almost any item may be purchased at Amazon and it is on my doorstep in two days most of the time.
What the point of this story is – without a plan to follow each day, each week, each month, each quarter, each year – A distracted life is what happens instead!
It is too easy not to fall into the trap or the path of least resistance if you wish.
Let’s face facts – it is more difficult to create a plan, follow a plan, be held accountable, change the plan as necessary and when necessary – while it is much easier not to have to create a plan, not to have to follow a plan, not to be held accountable, not to determine when to change the plan. If this was easy – everyone would do it!
It does not have to be a lot of work. Once the skills are learned and put into practice the process of planning becomes a valuable habit. Another benefit is the skills put into use are easily transferable to the workplace – whatever type of work you do.
Does this sound like a worthwhile skill to learn?
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Mitch Tublin runs a boutique consulting firm with a main focus on leadership coaching, effective communication and business advisory services.