How Can You Use Old and New Technology to Improve?

Leaders must establish boundaries with technology.

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Michael Hyatt—author, speaker and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company—describes the upside and downside to leading in a high-tech world. 

“One of the amazing things about the internet is that unlike any other tool I know of, it enables us to leverage our leadership,” shares Michael. “We can reach more people. We can have more impact than ever before in history, but I've also learned, in the last five years, it's a little bit seductive, because it can be a mile wide, and an inch deep.”

Watch the video to hear Michael’s advice for creating healthy boundaries with technology.

One of the amazing things about the internet is that unlike any other tool I know of, it enables us to leverage our leadership. We can reach more people. We can have more impact than ever before in history, but I've also learned in the last five years it's a little bit seductive, because it can be a mile wide, and an inch deep, and I've gotten recommitted to the value of face-to-face, and even analog ways of learning.

I'm a digital guy. I'm kind of a geek, and a tech freak, but the more I learn about human psychology and how to really be productive in human behavior. The more that I see that we need these artifacts, these physical things, whether it's a planner, or reading a real book, or connecting with people where it's not just bits and bytes, but it's actually face-to-face, where we can hear the sound of one another's voice and touch, and all the things that come from human encounter, so I don't think it's anymore, it's either or, but it's both and.

Sometimes you have to use technology to fight technology. One of the hard boundaries I have is that I'm gonna leave work at 6 p.m. no matter what. I use the technology of automated lighting in my office, so that all the lights shut down at 6 o'clock. If I'm standing there at 6:01, I'm standing there in the dark. That's a visual cue. It's something I call an activation trigger that reminds me of my commitment to my family.

We can use technology to fight technology. One great app that I love is called the Freedom App, and you can find out more at Freedom.to. I don't have any association with them, but .to, and that's an app that allows you to shut off various parts of the internet, so that you can be focused on the work at hand, and not be distracted by everything else that's going on.

But what I would say to the people that are listening to this, and it'd be kind of a challenge is find some way to create these boundaries, so that you can hold this digital distraction and the temptation to overwork at bay, so you can give the priority to the things that matter most.
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Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm specializing in transformative live events, workshops, and digital and physical planning tools. 

Formerly chairman and CEO of Tho...

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