Techology exists to serve you, you to serve it. Regain control.

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Do you ever feel like your smartphone bosses you around? Technology was created to help us be more productive…yet it often ends up doing the opposite. Ding after ding, your phone demands your attention, insisting you immediately answer that call, text, or email.

When you’re accessible all day, every day, the line between work and personal life can become so blurred it’s nearly invisible. We’ve become servants to our digital devices!

It’s time to regain control and allow your technology to serve you—instead of the other way around. Here are a few tips to get started:

1. Create phone time boundaries for when you’ll use your phone for work versus personal life.

2. Curate a home screen with the apps you use for each part of your day. Some examples: Anytime, Work Time, Family Time, etc.

3. Use tools and settings like “Do Not Disturb” to reduce the urge to pick up your phone when you need to focus.

Pick one tip and focus on putting it into action, then set a reminder to come back and implement another one.

Breaking the habit of being a servant to your technology can be tough. Remember to be forgiving of yourself if you slip up!

How do you keep your phone from controlling your day?

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Dave’s LinkedIn Learning course, How to Slow Down and Be More Productive, teaches you ways to reduce the sense of urgency that reduces your ability to focus. Try it now at davecrenshaw.com/slow.