Recently I finally hit some sort of exhaustion with always being distracted by my phone. Every time I stood still I would grab it out of my pocket. Every time I went to the bathroom, I would check some email. Every time I had a minute to think, I would open an app.
The problem with all these micro-phone-checks is that they were never long enough to really process anything mentally. A couple Tweets here, a quick email response there, but no sustained thought or focus.
So I deleted Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and my Gmail off my iPhone.
So far it’s been shockingly nice. I thought I would be fine without the social networks, but I didn’t think I’d be able to get by without email on my phone. Crazily, I’m doing just fine.
When I come home from work, I just leave my phone by the door because there’s nothing to do on my phone. I’m finding it’s easier to focus on my two boys (age 3 and 6) and my wonderful wife. I’m just more present.
I went to a Chinese restaurant last night to pick up some food and while it was cooking, I just sat at the bar and drank a beer. There wasn’t anything to do on my phone so I didn’t get it out. It was such a refreshing and strange feeling to just look around and soak in the environment. I noticed a huge amount of detail I would’ve never seen previously.
I hope this is another nail in the coffin of all the work-till-your-eyes-bleed-and-your-wife-leaves-you crap that most ‘successful’ entrepreneurs spout.
I have 75 employees and 90,000 Students and it’s working just fine.