Several years ago, we shared our experience with bringing company owners to our home in North Carolina for three-day retreats with limited cell service and internet. What we thought would be a drawback to participants became one of the greatest takeaways. I was reminded of that newsletter this week in a conversation with someone on the challenges of being addicted to our smartphones. With time spent on these devices growing every year, the pandemic has caused an even larger dependency on that piece of technology so close within our grasp. Forbes reported in April of 2020 with the pandemic, average time on mobile devices was up 20% over 2019 to 4.3 hours per day. Most people check their phones 58 times a day and 30 of those times are during work hours. Even though most of those diversions are only 2-3 minutes in length and total screen time may not be impacting your efficiency, how often you are picking up your phone and getting distracted undoubtedly could be. With this in mind along with my own personal struggle to manage the impact of technology on my time, we have provided a few updated statistics on what most of us have turned into an obsession and will also share the previous insights on the value of getting disconnected from the distractions of our times.