Do You Need A Technology Time-Out?
Because it could be costing your business ...
POSTED BY CHARLOTTE QUATRINE ON 25/02/2016 @ 9:00AM
We are fortunate enough to live in a world where communication is at our fingertips. We are able to connect with friends, associates or relatives on the other side of the world quicker than we are able to drive to the local shop, but is that really such a good thing?
Sometimes it's a good idea to step away from technology!
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Recent studies have shown that 66% of us suffer from Nomophobia, which is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact and 73% of us are said to panic if we are parted from our mobile devices.
"Nowadays, our smartphones tend to be more than just a communication tool!"
Many of us rely on our phones to wake us up, get us to our next destination, capture our memories and act as an on-the-go bank. Without them, we would be late, lost and completely unaware of how much money we have! But this begs the question – are we entirely too reliant on our phones?
Unfortunately, it appears that the worst culprits for 'technology addiction' are business owners. Being in constant contact with our employees, customers and suppliers gives us the reassurance we need so that should anything go wrong we are within reach.
It can, however, be extremely frustrating for those we are contacting. Most employees will begrudge answering the phone after clock-off time and many will ignore messages until within their working hours. Not to mention that it reduces our sleeping time as we are known to be flicking through articles, business plans and emails until ungodly hours of the morning!
More than this though, it's been observed that business owners are wasting time using their phones during the day and are therefore causing an awful lot of damage to their business.
Social media is the devil when it comes to the working day because we all know how easy it is to get distracted by the excitement of online happenings. The productivity of those business owners and employees that have their phones out whilst at work is significantly lower than those who are restricted to computers with no access to social networks.
Some will argue that social networking is now a huge part of the working day and they're not wrong. Building relationships and contacting prospects online should be a massive part of every marketing plan, but all in moderation.
Give yourself a ten-minute slot every couple of hours to check your online platforms for new enquiries or questions rather than having them pop up and constantly interrupt your day.
"You'll be sure to get loads more done!"
So why not give it a try? Put your phone on silent, lock it in your top drawer or throw it out the window if you have to, but try and have uninterrupted periods of time when you don't have to answer the phone or check social media!
It'll give you the time you need to get your to-do list done and it'll stop you from procrastinating against the work you really don't want to do!
Let me know how you get on!
Until next time ...
If you don't feel comfortable leaving your mobile phone unattended, why not sign up with the Genies so that they can answer your phone for you? It'll give you the uninterrupted time you need to get on with your day without the risk of missing any important calls.
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I recently graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a degree in Sports Marketing. Throughout my studies, I worked as a part-time waitress at Pizza Hut before graduating and starting my role as Marketing Genie here at The Office Genie.
Entering and adapting to the full-time working world has allowed me to learn so much, overcome all sorts of new challenges and do things I never thought I could do. Working in marketing ensures there is never a dull day as one minute I might be organising an event and the next I could be out networking with potential clients.
Outside of work my main passion is football. I have played since the age of 11 and am currently a goalkeeper for a local team. I also love spending time with my friends and family, going on holiday and seeing theatre shows and concerts.