Are You Hooked

20 Feb 2017

Are you ready for a test? Answer the following questions as a starter.

  • Have you ever known anyone with carpel tendon issues in their hands from typing on devices? It is a thing!
  • Have you ever known anyone having migraines caused by the way they hold their head when working on the computer? It is a thing!

That was not the test. One thing is evident is more people than ever are using electronic hand held devices to communicate. You can see this anywhere, as a matter of fact I walked through the hotel lobby this evening and of the twelve people I saw there were three on computer, and seven texting, or watching on their phone.

Here is the real test.

  • How many times a day do you look at your electronic device? FYI-it is estimated the average person looks at their device 2oo times a day.
  • Where is your device when you go to sleep? FYI-if it is by your bed when you sleep, it may be time for a intervention.
  • What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? FYI-if you pick up your phone first, it may be time for an intervention.

My question, are you hooked is relevant for me. I do sleep with my phone next to my bed and I can rationalize it with several great points.

  1. I post my blog at 4:30 a.m. each day M-F.
  2. I check the weather to know how to dress for travel.
  3. I check to see if I have any new messages on text, Facebook or Linked in.
  4. I check my emails at work and personal.
  5. I check my bank account balances.
  6. I check my Notre Dame scores.

Huh, maybe I need an intervention. It is time to move my charging station from my bedside to my office.

You might ask why, because just like the first points I made I could be damaging my sleep habits by having my phone at my finger tips. And quite frankly I have too much to do to take a chance.

I need my rest so I can make good progress on my days, how about you?

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today.

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Tim Marvel

Motivational speaker and author, Tim Marvel, CSP believes if life doesn’t stop teaching, he shouldn’t stop learning. From living on a submarine in the Navy to spending thirty years in sales, Tim sees life as an adventure. He’s participated in marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, and 100-mile bike rides. When he’s not traveling or encouraging others to be their personal best, you can find him hitting the gym, hanging out with his family, and playing with his dog, Jake. But what he looks forward to the most is his weekly date night with his wife, Rockie.

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