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MAY/JUNE 2018

How to TRIPLE Your Happiness With a Cellphone Sabbatical the wind blowing over my bald head and all the bat fans giving me thumbs-up. I never have to worry about texting and driving with that particular car, because my phone is out of sight and out of mind. This is the key to breaking the chains of slavery that hold us to our phones and social media. It has to be out of sight and out of mind, or we simply won’t have the willpower to ignore it. For entrepreneurs, our phones are our businesses. Many entrepreneurs’ businesses are rooted in social media, and for some, their marketing is 100 percent social. Think about it: When you leave the house to run an errand or go to dinner, you close the door, and your desktop device is out of sight and out of mind — no big deal. Of course, you always have your phone with you, so it doesn’t matter. Now, imagine if you purposely leave your cellphone in a drawer in your desk or hidden away somewhere when you leave the house. Gasp! I know — stay with me here. “Shark Tank” favorite Barbara Corcoran was asked some of her secrets to success and productivity. Her answer may shock you. She said when she leaves the office and takes the elevator up to her penthouse suite (she owns the entire building), Corcoran leaves her phone in the elevator waiting area on a special shelf. This way, when she gets to her penthouse, her phone is — you guessed it — out of sight, and most importantly, out of mind. This simple daily cellphone sabbatical increases her happiness as well as her productivity, which, in turn, increases her net worth!

Billionaire venture capitalist and former Facebook vice president of growth Chamath Palihapitiya is infamous for his quotes about social media ripping society apart. In a recent interview with Fast Company magazine, he said very plainly, “I think we are all slaves to this stuff.” Of course, he didn’t say “stuff,” but you get the idea. The simple truth is, he’s right. Our phones are too compelling. The thrill we get from the sound of that incoming text or call lights up our endorphins, and we have to pick up the phone — even if we’re driving. What I enjoy most about driving my Batmobile is that I have a shelf in the console for my phone, and the vehicle has no roof and no doors, so I’m not able to hear my phone or see it light up. Plus, I’m happily distracted by

For those of you who are already coming up with stories about why you have to have your phone on you 24/7, I guarantee that

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