Do you find that your devices are running your life instead of the other way around? Fear not. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The book, "Digital Leader: 5 Simple Keys to Success and Influence" (McGraw-Hill Professional/available now), helps you step away from the smartphone and take command of your technology. Author Erik Qualman finds that while we may not like our digital obsessions, we can blame ourselves; the average household has 20 digital devices, with mom and dad more likely to interrupt dinner for an email exchange than the kids. And trying to stay too connected may actually make us dumber. Checking your email while performing other tasks decreases your IQ in the moment by 10 points, research shows. With this in mind, Qualman has put together a primer for unplugging and simplifying your professional and personal life. But don't worry about someone taking away your smartphone. In some cases, he advocates actually adding apps or products to better manage day-to-day demands. In others, he provides shortcuts that will significantly reduce time spent with devices. For more about the book, click here.
Treat digital conversations like a tennis match: Return "serves" quickly but with a "winning shot" that ends exchange.
This article was originally published on 01-19-2012