Homeside Financial - March 2019

NMLS #111660

March 2019

1730 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601 • 828.229.7877 • Spring-Cleaning Your Life

A Personal Development Strategy to Generate New Growth

I n years past, I thought I knew how to rest a trip up to the mountains on a Friday afternoon, it’s not the days or the hours spent away that lead to rest; it’s how you spend them. I’ve found that unplugging from all my technology leads to better rest. Usually, after four days away from my tech devices, I get antsy and go back to work, but it’s becoming more and more important for me to find ways to take a break from technology. I have two computers at my desk and two more at home, a phone, a Fitbit, and a tablet. I have all the technology in the world at my fingertips, and unplugging from it is almost as valuable as a long vacation. Nick, our divisional manager here at Homeside, spent a few days with us recently. He talked about how hard it is to get a kid’s undivided attention today. They get bombarded with endless stimuli, and those things can grab our attention as adults and distract us just as much. One of my goals for free time has become unplugging from tech. I don’t want my phone close to me. I don’t want the distraction. I want to be engaged and present. We are just getting destroyed by all this technology. Now, when a baby starts crying, we shove a smartphone in their face. That can’t be good for their brain development. In the 1990s and early 2000s, multitasking was considered a tremendous skill. Our obsession with it became extreme, to the point that if we were not multitasking half a dozen things at a time, we were effectively. I was wrong. I used to think I needed to take a whole week off to feel recharged, but I have learned that I can feel just as rested after a long weekend. Whether it’s a staycation or just

not being productive. But this much multitasking actually degrades your work’s quality. You should try to focus 100 percent of your attention on one thing at a time, whether it takes one hour or a whole weekend. It’s okay to multitask some low-level activities, but many make the mistake of trying to multitask high-level activities.

I have two computers at my desk and two more at home, a phone, a Fitbit, and a tablet. I have all the technology in the world at my fingers, and unplugging from it is almost as valuable as a longer vacation.

Freckles on his way to the mountains for some R&R

can follow up with some reading, and you can use this time to exercise as well —but I tend to skip that part! This morning routine can become your break from all the craziness — just you and your pen, paper, and books in the quiet. The point is, breaks are important. Don’t put pressure on yourself to set aside a whole week for a break when all you need is a morning routine or a weekend

When taking a break, focusing on one thing at a time is just as important as stepping away from your phone and computer. Every morning, I try to wake up early (around 5–5:15 a.m.) and follow a routine. I call it my “miracle morning,”and it is amazing. I recommend this strategy for everyone. I read once that it is important to take the first part of your morning to visualize your day and your goals. It might be beneficial to have a prayer time. You might also try to do some writing during this time. I try to journal for a fewminutes, just to write down some of my thoughts for the day. You

in the mountains, away from your phone and computer. Breaks take different forms for everyone, but the benefits are ubiquitous.

-Jamie Harrington



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