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Grow with Grunder: How to get home by 5

November 30, 2018 -  By
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All of us at The Grow Group enjoyed an exciting few days of presenting, learning and having fun at GIE last month.

One of the talks I delivered was called “Home by 5,” and we had a packed house for it. Why? Because we’re all struggling to juggle the demands of work and time away. We all feel as if there’s not enough time in the day to get done what we need to, and we all want to be home by 5 p.m. with our family and friends.

So where do you start?

One good first step is to stop letting your cell phone control your day. That little, seemingly harmless device in your pocket that’s roughly the size of an index card is actually a powerful WMD: a Weapon of Mass Distraction—able to destroy time and productivity with every ring and ding.

There are of course many ways our cell phones have improved how we do business, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep them on 24/7 or to respond immediately to every ask or task that comes your way. Block off time in your schedule to turn your phone off and focus on your priorities, not someone else’s.

Turn your social-media notifications off during the work day. At Grunder Landscaping, we’ll be placing our phones in a box outside our conference room before every meeting starting Jan. 1. What is the point in meeting if we’re checking our phones the whole time?

These are small steps, but they can pay big dividends by keeping you focused and improving productivity. With a little discipline and planning, you really can get home by five.

Marty Grunder

About the Author:

Marty Grunder is president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co. and The Grow Group, based in Dayton, Ohio.

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