10 July 2017


Do you ever feel stressed? That you have too much to do? I think it is fair to say that most people, especially those running businesses, feel this way at some point or other.

So answer me this: at those times of stress, how long have you spent on your phone browsing the internet, scrolling through social media feeds or zoning out with a game or app?

I was interested to read Prince Harry’s thoughts echoing the famous Simon Sinek video about spending too much time on our phones. Back in January, Sinek’s video about smartphones and young people, and the psychological impact of the constant influx of likes, notifications and messages went viral.

A few days ago Prince Harry took the opportunity at an event in Leeds to describe how much more efficient and effective young people – and all of us for that matter – can be by taking a break from our devices, and how that helps us to cope with the pace of modern life.

He spoke at a panel called Encouraging Happy Young Minds and said: “I read recently that young people check their phones at least 150 times per day. I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next.”

I could not agree more. We have a rule in our house that there are no phones allowed upstairs. My two eldest girls have their own smartphones and in a busy household they could easily fall into the habit of spending too much time on their devices, so could my wife Gail and I. That’s why we have these rules.

We also make sure that we take time out of the house, go to the zoo or to the park.

Back when I wrote about Sinek’s video, I discussed my goal to step away from my phone and to leave it at home whenever I can. I am making progress with it, it’s no longer in my hand at every turn and I am feeling the benefit. It’s nice to make the most of a little free time; time to let your mind wander and to process what’s going on around you. It’s these times when we’re at our most creative.

Catch up on Simon Sinek’s famous video below.


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