Welcome to the Program!
We are in the early days of the internet revolution. We are ten years into something that will drastically change the way we live and work for the next one hundred years, if not longer. Today, there are more mobile phones in the world than there are toilets.
With the prevalence of smartphones, it is assumed everyone is expected to constantly check their email, even after work hours and even if they are not being paid to do so. Digital media has swept in to define our sense of what is appropriate. We are never out of reach; we are never unplugged. And we are paying for it, both on a personal level and as it pertains to our work performance because we are constantly distracted.
The addiction to distraction and all it entails—including the incessant inundation of text messages, social media, television, and email—has the potential to cause mental health challenges. One of the biggest causes of anxiety and distress is the constant overload we face every day. It leads to higher levels of frustration, as perceptions of increased effort required to do fewer tasks leaves us feeling burned out and exhausted.
Consider these facts:
Studies show average North Americans spend 30–40 percent of their day distracted.
"Distractedness” is costing the United States $900 billion a year.
The average person spends nearly two hours on social media every day.
Most people use email six hours per day, with nine of ten people saying they check personal email at work and work email from home.
The most common places for people to check their email are while watching TV (70%), from bed (52%), on vacation (50%), while on the phone (43%), from the bathroom (42%), and even—most dangerously—while driving (18%).
We believe we always have to be reachable, always have to be multitasking, always have to be on. The ironic result of living like this is that we end up more distracted than ever. The simple act of sitting down to focus on one task is becoming increasingly difficult for most people. Distraction is destroying our ability to do our best work on the things that matter most to us, whether it’s career, school, business, or avocation.
So what can we do?
We want people to be able to use their mobile devices to change the world for the better, without experiencing any negative health effects. We want to see people talking again, engaging with each other over a meal, not walking around like zombies glued to their devices. We want everyone to be able to disconnect long enough to reclaim their evenings, weekends, and family time.
We want you to be present—both at work and with your family—because that is the key to a world-class life. We want you to crush it at work and then be able to take real vacations so you can experience all the world has to offer while recovering and regenerating.
This program will help you construct world-class routines and habits by building a high-performance, healthy, and happy life both at home and at work. It will delve into the physical and psychological impact of distraction and offer tools to help you reshape the way you and your organization approach the workday.
We will dive deeper into each facet of what we call The Focus Effect in the coming chapters. Over the course of the program, we will explore:
· Personal Mastery
· Work Mastery
· Life Mastery
Throughout the Program, I'll present you with information that will introduce core concepts and also zoom in on specific skills and techniques that you can work on. You will receive articles, podcasts, and videos to help you build the habits and skills you need to reach your potential and be extraordinary. Occasionally I'll also give you a form to fill out so that we can spark a conversation and send you some individual feedback. The more you engage with the content, the more you'll get out of the Program.
We like to start all of our programs by setting the stage for growth. For the first month we’ll be focusing on how set dreams, building great habits, and creating an environment for success. This is very similar to the first module of The Ripple Effect Program, however if you’ve gone through that program already, we still encourage you to read through this material as some of it applies specifically to The Focus Effect. This is also an opportunity for you to take a step back and think about what you would like to work on this year.
To get you started, we need to see where you are. Please take 10 minutes and complete The Focus Effect Questionnaire. This will allow you and I to track your progress as you move through the program. It will also make it possible for us to send you specific information that might be helpful if you are great in one area and need work in another. The audit is totally confidential and only comes to Our Internal Team.
Thank you all for being a part of the program!
Dr. Greg Wells