Ways to Reduce Time on Your Smartphone

38%    Keep their phone in handbag or pocket when meeting people

32%   Turn off audio notifications

27%    Keep their phone in bag or pocket when alone

26%    Delete apps that encourage more use

26%    Turn phone off at night

(Source: Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey)

We check our phones 47 or more times a day

80% check our phones within an hour after arising and going to sleep

85% use a Smartphone even as they talk to family

47% have tried to limit phone usage in the past and 30% have claimed to be successful

All these statistics are fun but the moment we decide to reenter the real world and put phones in their proper place is the time when stress will be reduced and we discover the real meaning of the term smartphones.

The phone isn’t the only thing that has to be smart.

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The Perfect Age

28-32 for getting married.

Before 32 for having children.

18-19 for processing information.

This from a research study at UIC School of Public Health in Chicago.

The best age is when you realize that life is short and you’re running out of time.

Sometimes it takes the death of a loved one to realize it.

Worries and stress start to decline at age 50 and later years are often most rewarding if good health holds up beyond that.

The perfect age is now.

We cannot relive the past.

Cannot guarantee the future.

The best age is when we arrive at the realization that we need to live in the present and be grateful for it.

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Leaving the Past Behind

Each day is more precious than the previous day.

To live in the past is to squander the valuable time that remains.

To spend it in the future dreaming of what could be is not assured.

We can learn from the past, relive special moments and rekindle memories of loved ones and looking to the future can help us plan for what might be.

But we must only visit not dwell on the past and future.

The only thing that is guaranteed is living in the present 100% focused on what we are fortunate to have.

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Resolving Conflicts

The bible of conflict resolution was written by Morton Deutsch who died last year at the age of 97.

“…coercion, intimidation, deception, distrust and hostility are both causes and effects of competition, whereas assistance, openness, information, sharing, perceived similarity, and friendliness are both causes and effects of cooperation”

That one paragraph summarizes 25 years of research on cooperation and conflict.

To be an expert at conflict resolution whether it be at work or at home, these are what you should be shooting for:

Openness

Information

Sharing

Perceived similarity

Friendliness

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Disagreement

The opposite of working together as teams in lock step is disagreement.

There can be no innovation when we are agreeing with everybody and everyone is agreeing with us.

But there are a few rules:

  • Argue as if you’re in a debate instead of a WWE wrestling tournament.
  • Sincerely try to see things from the others person’s point of view whether you agree with it or not.
  • Respectfully, repeat the main points of the other person’s point of view.  That shows a willingness to listen and may inspire them to do the same with your ideas.
  • If you have areas of agreement, state them.  Where you disagree, simply state that as well.

The purpose of expressing different points of view is not to master the other person and get them to think like you (or vice versa).

It is to expose all ideas to the light of day from which the creative process begins.

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