The most important person each of us needs to build a stronger relationship with is ourselves. We need to be lost in thought, daydream, actually let ourselves become bored and allow our mind to wander. Mental Stimulation Addiction (MSA) is affecting millions of people who are smartphone junkies and who need to constantly be texting, checking email or social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
As technology becomes a larger part of our lives, people actually use their brains significantly less. Have you ever felt like your memory is getting worse? It may not be due to the natural aging process. Less frequent use of a muscle creates atrophy, and the brain is no exception. Jim Kwik, an expert in optimal brain performance has said, “We are outsourcing our brains to our smart devices, we are so reliant on our smart phones that our smart phones are making us stupid.”
Here are two great recommendations…
Technology Time Out
If you’re not ready to completely cut off all digital devices, consider a more gradual approach. At home, try not using technology for the first 30-45 minutes after you wake and during the last two hours before you retire for the evening. Banning technology at the dinner table and when out to dinner is an obvious step, but you can also prohibit your family from using devices during car rides of 20 minutes or less. One of my personal favorites is exercising without listening or watching anything; just let your mind wander. I warn you, you will need a notepad as soon as you are done because of all the ideas that will come to you.
Would you love your employees to have more creative conversations? Consider holding company meetings where everyone, from senior leadership to frontline associates, leaves all technology outside the room. This includes smartphones, laptops, tablets, and smart watches. When employees ask, “What will I use to take notes?” introduce them to notepads and pens.
Actions like these are not about giving up all social media or devices completely; they are about finding a balance.
Top 5 Ways To Stimulate Your Creativity
The following are great ways to get your mind in creativity mode as long as you do all of them WITHOUT ANY ELECTRONICS! Leave your phone and watch at home.
- Go for a run without listening to anything
- Get a massage
- Go for a long walk
- Relax in the sun
- Read for at least 15 minutes per day
Ever Wonder Whom The Top Speakers In The World Go To For Training?
The answer is Patricia Fripp. Fripp coaches the world’s best of the best speakers and corporate executives on how to deliver dynamite presentations. Patricia Fripp is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, and sales presentation skills trainer. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote, “One of the best ways to invest in your success is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp.”
Keynoting The Customer Service Revolution
The DiJulius Group is thrilled to announce Patricia Fripp will be presenting at the 2019 Customer Service Revolution. Patricia’s presentation is titled How Leaders Inspire Action and Commitment. There is no more effective way to inspire, train, or motivate your associates than by developing a great relationship with them. This is true even if they only know you from seeing you on stage at company meetings.
One secret to inspiring action and commitment is with well-selected and well-told stories. In her presentation you will learn how to develop an arsenal of stories for every situation; the essential ingredients that make them memorable; and the perfect time to tell them.
Need Your Vote For The Cover Of My New Book
I am excited to announce my latest book, The Relationship Economy, is coming out this fall. The Relationship Economy is based on the critical importance of human connections in a digital world.
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