Many times during the week, I discover a great article online relating to leadership that I want to read. More often than not, I’m not able to read it right away or want to save it for later. When this happens, I “flip it” into the Library Lost & Found Flipboard Magazine, which is available to anyone to peruse. The magazine contains almost 400 great articles that can help you become a better leader.
You are in a meeting and you feel the sweet vibration of your phone. What do you do? Do you slowly slide it out to take a peak? Do you wait until the meeting is over? If you do check, how many times is it just a notification reminding you that your favorite sportsball team scored or that you can once again play a game? Also, do you really think the people in the meeting don’t notice you are checking your phone?
In a recent article in Wired, author David Pierce writes:
PUSH NOTIFICATIONS ARE ruining my life. Yours too, I bet. Download more than a few apps and the notifications become a non-stop, cacophonous waterfall of nonsense.
He goes on to write that the solution is simple:
Kill your notifications. Yes, really. Turn them all off. (You can leave on phone calls and text messages, if you must, but nothing else.) You’ll discover that you don’t miss the stream of cards filling your lockscreen, because they never existed for your benefit. They’re for brands and developers, methods by which thirsty growth hackers can grab your attention anytime they want. Allowing an app to send you push notifications is like allowing a store clerk to grab you by the ear and drag you into their store. You’re letting someone insert a commercial into your life anytime they want. Time to turn it off.
It’s time to be a leader in meetings and kill the notifications. This will help you focus on the ideas being introduced in the meetings. In the end, your team will appreciate that your attention is above the table.
Still there? We apologize for the time between posts. The spring has been extremely busy! We will once again start publishing great content from library leaders. In the meantime check out these great articles we have been collecting.
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