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Recently, my husband and I went out to dinner. After we placed our order, we noticed a family of 4 sitting at a nearby table. Everyone at the table was looking down at their phones. No one was speaking to the other. 

What happened to family time, connection and conversation? 

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

Take control of your time, work, relationships and sleep with these 3 action items. 

1. Control the Smart Phone Interruptions
When you need to deeply focus on your work or be more present with family/friends- take control of the distracting rings, pings and dings in one easy move.  Open up  ‘Settings’ on your smart phone and turn off ‘Notifications’ or use the ‘Do not Disturb’ feature. It’s a temporary action step that will provide you with some quiet time.

2. Sleep and Technology Don’t Mix
Using technology before bed disrupts the natural production of melatonin which helps you sleep. Experts suggest disconnecting from devices 60 minutes before bed. 
Become more protective of your sleep time by setting up one simple boundary… do not charge your phone at your bedside table. Use a traditional alarm clock to wake you. Removing your phone from your reach will help you resist any urges to check it before bed or get lost scrolling when you wake up. 

3. Discern and Delete

We all have apps and sites on our smart phone that have become digital clutter. Like that ugly sweater in your closet-it’s only taking up space. Take a look at what you use, what is worthwhile and serves you- anything else can be deleted. Don’t forget to look at social media and gaming sites too- most of them are a time suck that pull your attention from other meaningful tasks. 
Live well.  Sleep well.  Be well.