Books Slideshow: Seven Ways to Disconnect from Your Smartphone

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-10-2012

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

Peer PressureEveryone in the office is doing it. Why aren't you?

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

Constant ConnectionTo succeed, you feel compelled to constantly be connected to colleagues, customers, partners or bosses.

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

Response(ability)No matter how trivial the message or request, you strive to get back to everyone.

Why Youre Glued to Your Smartphone

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

Total CommitmentEveryone on the team agrees that all members will respect boundaries.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

Leadership Buy-InIf any managers resist, the effort will fail. Make sure they're on board.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

Perception CountsYou need to set appropriate boundaries and be an example for your team, not just talk the talk.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

Mistakes Will HappenMistakes happen, with or without boundaries. Don't let it kill the initiative when people slip.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

Positive ReinforcementBe enthusiastic when team members disconnect to pursue non-work activities.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

A Gentle ScoldTell those who refuse to claim some time as their own that it's something to take seriously.

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"

"Because I Said So ..."Sometimes, it's as simple as saying "Turn it off now and go home!"

How to Create a "No Smartphone Zone"