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Unfortunately cell phone addiction exists and according to Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers annual Internet Trends report , people check their mobile phones about 150 times a day.
Studies carried out by the University of Missouri pointed out that separating a person from their iPhone can cause psychological and physiological effects – such as poor mental performance.
So do we really need our smartphone stuck to us? Or can we be independent enough and put a stop to it when it comes to distracting ourselves from our work?
If you do not know what to answer, here are some tips to eliminate that terrible dependence on your cell phone.
1. Schedule your calls
Set up a formal time to answer the phone and let people know by either putting it in your email signature or your voicemail.
To stay productive you need to eliminate any kind of distraction, so it is better not to be “on the lookout” for your mobile 24 hours a day.
2. Establish a schedule to answer your emails
Nowadays it is very easy to grab your cell phone every ten minutes and answer your emails since “it doesn't take up much time”. Do not do it! It distracts you anyway.
Why don't you set up an hour in the morning and another in the afternoon to exclusively attend to them?
3. Transcribe your voice messages
With applications like Google Voice or Access Direct your voicemails can be converted into text and sent to your email. So, instead of listening to long messages, you can “scan” them to get a quick idea of the message and measure its priority.
4. Take advantage of your mailbox
Instead of the typical “leave your message”, establish instructions to the person who made the call to facilitate the work of listening and responding. For example: “Hello, I am Juan Gómez and I am not available. Please leave your name and phone number, I will call you back as soon as I can. ”
5. Limit the length of your conversations
Remember the basic etiquette when it comes to being on a phone call: introduce yourself and keep your talks attentive – and friendly – to the business. Try not to talk for more than 15 minutes and smile when speaking, believe it or not, this is perceived on the other end of the phone.
6. Move your cell phone from the desk
If you know that it is hard for you not to be looking at your phone every second, change it so that it is difficult for you to do so. Believe me, if you have it right in front of you, the temptation will be much greater.
Let your contacts know that their messages and calls will be answered in a reasonable time. You will see how following these simple steps your concentration level and productivity will increase.