Get rid of your digital addiction
Are you in control of your time? Or do email and social media control your time management? Read how online coach Tomi Kokko changed his digital habits.
Personal trainer Tomi Kokko, a pioneer of online coaching, has completely rethought his way of using digital devices.
When business operations are based on interaction with customers on social media, it is easy to accumulate incredible amounts of screen time. A year ago, Tomi Kokko realised that he was continuously in a reactive mode, ready to respond to an endless stream of requests and demands via social media and email.
“Because of frequent interruptions, I was not always able to achieve my daily goals at work. I needed to find a new way of working.”
Kokko searched for information about how other busy business owners had solved the problem and established a new daily rhythm based on what he learned. His morning and evening routines changed the most. He no longer checks his social media notifications first thing upon waking up. Instead, he keeps his phone on flight mode for the first two hours of the day.
“I devote that time to exercise, meditation and a nice cup of coffee. When my working day starts, I’m ready and able to deal with whatever lies ahead.”
During the working day, Kokko no longer peeks at his email continuously. He now has two time slots for checking his inbox. This calls for self-discipline, and the email notification function must be turned off.
In the evening, Kokko turns off his phone two hours before bedtime. He focuses on relationships, hobbies and other aspects of life that help him recharge.
Allowing sufficient time for recouping in daily life enables him to fully focus on work and be efficient and creative during the working day. These changes in his digital habits have improved Kokko’s quality of life.
“The most significant change is that I now feel in control of my time. I can focus on what is relevant and meaningful instead of simply reacting to various stimuli.”
His new habits may sound challenging, but he says sticking to them is easy once you notice how much they improve your efficiency at work. If the challenge feels insurmountable, you can try changing your digital habits for two weeks at first. Make a commitment to controlling your digital habits instead of letting them control your daily life.