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Healthy Technology Habits – Episode #18


You’re listening to the Business in Morocco Podcast the podcast that discusses all things
business and all things Morocco. My name is Ryan Maimone, I’m here with my co-host
Ryan Kirk and our goal is to share our knowledge and experiences in order
to help you gain wisdom skills and habits that can help you succeed in
business and in life you can learn more about us by going to our website moroccopodcast.com alright let’s get started with today’s episode it’s going to be a lovely day this is episode 18 we’re gonna be
talking today about healthy technology habits before we get into our topic for
the day we’ll start with an update so I’m just about to leave
on a two night team-building with a company here in Morocco gonna be heading to Bin el Ouidane lake which is a beautiful lake just outside of Béni Mellal so that’s
that’s exciting looking forward to that I’m gonna be doing some fun activities
and offering some training I’m gonna get out in the kayaks on the lake do a bit
of exploring and some competition should be a lot of fun and also able to draw
some lessons that we can apply back in the office what about you? Ryan how are
you doing? where are you at? what’s new? good Ryan first before I get into my
update I have a question how did you find this client? how did you sign them
up as a customer? well originally it was through somebody that I I met just in my
my network that was working at this company and we had lunch I explained a
little bit what I do and some of the training that I offer both through my
own personal company and also through Franklin Covey and then he introduced me
to the head of the training department we had a conversation and the reason why
I was able to sign this client was because number one they need a native
English speaker so it’s a multinational company that has employees coming from a
variety of nations and they primarily use English as their you know their
language of doing business and the second reason was because the the head
of the training department really wants employees to get outside of the office
go away for these kind of weekend retreats and do outdoor activities
experiential learning time in nature and so she wanted a trainer that had a
framework for that and had experience doing that that’s something that I’ve
done in the past it’s a little bit part of the the culture in Canada you know
going off to a or up to the woods going to summer camps
doing all kinds of sports and activities and competitions in order to de-stress
in order to grow closer together in order to learn principles that you can
apply in the office so because I had that that framework that understanding
that experience I was able to get my foot in the door and sign a one-year
contract so it’s been a lot of fun and it’s been great for business it’s a
great example of how your network can open a door but your skills and
experience or what end up closing the deal mmm yes for sharing. On our end,
we are back in Morocco happy to be back it was a long, good, hard trip to the States
glad to be home, marhaba, welcome back Thanks yeah it’s Friday and I have a
meeting with duty-free this afternoon so I will let you know how that goes on our
next episode but looking to negotiate a retail
agreement for the painter that I represent mm-hmm
other than that just getting used to this beautiful weather and getting back
into life in Morocco life is a bit different here compared to the States
in fact that was one of the things I realized over my two months in the
States is I have gotten used to life in Morocco and there are a lot of things
that appeal to me about it versus the lifestyle in the United States so you
know I know our listeners will be dying to hear your perspective I often get
asked oh why did you choose to come to Morocco? you know what do you love about it? so why don’t you just share one of the two
things one or two things that you really appreciate about being back home well I
like the vibe of the city mm-hmm I like the fact that so much of life in
Morocco and especially in Casablanca takes place on the streets mm-hmm I like
I like the energy the people I like the fact that when you
walk down the streets you encounter all types of different businesses and
different people and people are working and doing things and they’re grinding it out
to me when I’m in Casablanca the energy of the people it just feels like more is
at stake every day mmm that people are working hard that they’re making things
happen and they’re doing what it takes to live and survive you just don’t get
that energy in a lot of places in the United States people are in their cars
they’re in their houses there isn’t the same kind of life and energy on the
streets as there is Morocco and that’s one of the things that I missed when I
was in the States I would go walking places and I would
literally be the only person walking around yeah and I could walk for miles
and not encounter a single other pedestrian maybe somebody who’s out for
a run or a bike ride but it’s just not the same yeah so that’s just one example
yeah yeah that’s true I love all that too but I also miss the availability of
the produce and the fruit and vegetables and and the cost of living yeah oh yeah
it’s much cheaper in Morocco and I think probably the main thing I’m just happy
to be back in my own house yeah well welcome back let’s get into our topic
for the day you want to lead us off sure healthy technology habits one of the
things I realized also in the United States is people don’t have great
technology habits they’re they’re not always healthy in Morocco we do not own
a television and almost every place we’ve stayed whether it’s with friends
or a hotel or an Airbnb the centerpiece is almost always a television the
centerpiece of the household its couches and a television
and I know that this can be the same way in Morocco as well and what I realized
about my trip home and the centerpiece of television is that we watched a lot
more television during our trip in the States
on a daily basis just because it was there just because it was available and
it was easy to get the remote control and turn it on and find something to
watch when you turn on the television and there are hundreds of channels to
choose from you can waste a lot of time watching things that you don’t
necessarily like that are not necessarily beneficial but you just
watch it because it’s there and so we spent a lot of time watching television
whereas if we had been confronted with the same situation in Morocco we would
have picked something else to do because we don’t have a television and I was
looking at the stats regarding the usage of media in the United States a big
trend in the United States as people are cord-cutting
which is another way of saying they’re getting rid of their television and
getting rid of their television subscription whether it’s satellite or
cable and when they survey these people more than half of them, it was a survey
of 528 people who had disconnected their cable or canceled their television
subscription, and more than half of them surveyed said they did not miss it at
all hmm nothing Wow and of the people who
did say they missed it the main things they missed were live sports and live
news and if you look at that you realize that there are many options for
watching live sports you can go to a cafe if you want to get the news you can
get it on your phone or on your tablet or computer
I think we’re increasingly moving to a world that does not need television and
when you talk about healthy technology habits my advice when it comes to
television is get rid of it get rid of it, fast for 30 days,
many of our Moroccan listeners they know exactly what it means to fast yeah
so try fasting from television for 30 days and so you mean just during just
during daylight hours then ah no I mean all day every day okay I mean fast all
day every day for 30 days from television and and then look at your
life for the last 30 days is it materially better? is it materially worse?
can you not live without certain television programs? really take a look
at your life and ask yourself what did you do at that time that you weren’t
watching television did you read one of the books that we
recommended in the last episode? did you listen to a podcast? did you practice a
musical instruments? did you exercise? all of these things that actually produce
benefits in your life whereas is the very rare occasion that television will
materially benefit your life yeah we had the exact same experience we rented an
apartment we were living in Quebec City one season and our apartment had a huge
television and kind of right in the center of the salon and when I look back
on that time that we lived there we watched an excessive amount of
television that we haven’t matched either before or since and it just had
to do with the fact that it was there it was just right in your face and the book
I recommended last episode on our podcast Atomic Habits the author uses
the term friction to describe you know how easy or difficult it is to do an
action and so when there’s a habit you’re wanting to stop one of the things
you can do is just to add more friction so even something as simple as putting
the remote control into a drawer or removing the batteries from the remote
control and putting it in a separate spot or unplugging the television even
small acts like that increases the friction of how much television you will
watch and it will reduce the amount and you
can apply the same principle if you want to foster good habits by reducing
friction so if you wanted to eat more healthy food just by having a bowl on
the counter that has you know fruit that you can just grab you know an apple or a
pear or an orange rather than having a plate of fresh
cookies it’s gonna increase the amount of healthy food that you consume so
we’re the same as you we we don’t have a television but we do have multiple
screens you know we’ve got a couple laptops in the house we have some
tablets we have our phones so we can still watch a movie we we bought an old
projector for five hundred Dirhams and we have a pretty much blank white wall
in our salon so every couple of weeks on a Friday night we’ll watch a movie with
the kids just stream it on a laptop it’s no no problem so we’re not really
missing out and there’s lots of television shows that you can still
stream or keep up with and even live sports
however it’s extra effort than just plopping down on the couch and pushing
on with a remote control so that extra friction definitely reduces the amount
of time we spend watching television yeah I like the analogy of trying to
lose weight mm-hmm if you’re trying to lose weight
don’t keep junk food in the house yeah don’t let it be a temptation yeah only
have healthy food and then whenever you go to eat something it’ll be healthy and
you won’t have the temptation to eat something that is bad for you or it
could cause you to gain weight with the same principle applying to your media
content if you know that watching television is a temptation and you know
that most of the time you watch it it’s a waste of time and then get rid of it
don’t allow it to be a temptation force yourself to spend your time doing other
things I once read a study that said you actually burn less calories watching
television than you do sitting and staring at a wall Wow
because your brain is actually having to do work while you’re staring at the wall
you’re actually thinking, your brain is actually having to think and to process
and to do things whereas it almost takes no effort to watch television that’s
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media because I know a lot of our audience they might be thinking well
yeah I don’t I don’t spend much time watching television you know like maybe
when I’m with my parents or you know when I go visit home but they’re
spending a lot of time with their phones or potentially on their laptops so what
are some tips and advice we can share about taming our technology when it
relates to cell phones mobile phones well one of the first ones that I’ve
used is to put some of my least productive but most addictive or
tempting apps to only access them on a computer or other device that I’m not
with me all the time for example if you know you waste a lot of time on Facebook
then delete the app from your phone and only access Facebook on a computer or a
tablet another device that is not with you all day long and that’s one of the
ways that you can reduce the amount of time that you’re wasting on social media
but you can still stay connected to the people in your network your friends and
your family yep but it’s not a temptation to be checking it all day
every day yeah yeah I just finished the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
which has a lot of excellent principles about controlling your technology and
what you just described is where you you are able to maximize the benefits of an
application like Facebook without being sucked into all the negative parts of it
so you might say well I want to know what’s happening in my friends lives I
want to look at photos I want to be able to comment on things I want to be able
to get information visit sites or Facebook pages be part of communities
and even find out about events but you can access all those benefits from a
laptop but it does exactly what you said which is it reduces the temptation to
just open your phone out of habit because you’re bored or you’re escaping
some situation you know you’re waiting in line or you know that there’s a lull
in conversation when you’re out with friends and it also eliminates the
option for these companies to grab your attention by strategically giving you
notifications, oh so-and-so just liked your picture or so-and-so commented on
your photo makes you want to know what did they say what was their comment and
it grabs your attention it sucks sucks you in but it can end up being a long
process of pulling yourself away from your phone and getting back to the
present moment you should be yeah we’ve talked about this on previous
episodes but I think it’s good to mention it again that there are teams of
people in Silicon Valley in California in the United States whose sole job it
is to get you to continue to open an app and to keep using an app for as much of
the day as possible and these people are paid hundreds of
thousands of dollars a year to figure it out and they don’t necessarily care
whether you’re actually benefiting from having the app open they’re just
measuring how long you have it open and whether or not you click on ads and
that’s the most important thing to them and so knowing that they are
specifically designing the app to manipulate you into certain kinds of
behaviors it’s important to take that into consideration and put up safeguards
to falling into that trap and wasting a bunch of time now interestingly enough
this sort of goes against my own business interests because a lot of what
I do is help small businesses acquire new customers using social media but we
often try to do it by offering the potential customers something of value
whether it’s content marketing an article a promotion a benefit of some
kind but despite my business model and what I do for my clients the truth
remains that too much screentime too much social media it is not good for
your health yep the research is solid on that the more you use social media the
higher likelihood that you are unhappy and even much more serious than that
depression rates of suicide all those numbers are correlated with use of
social media so even though you know the I generation is is so young it’s it’s
difficult to see where this is headed we can only make predictions it’s
definitely clear that more time on our phones is not good for us and it’s not
something we should be ignoring yeah the two other things I have regarding phones
in social media is one just turn off all your notifications don’t allow your apps
to beep or to send you a message or a pop up anytime they want just turn all
that stuff off that way your decision to use your phone and social media will be
more intentional and it won’t be so distracting throughout the day no the
second piece of advice it is fairly simple is to recharge your phone in a
different room of the house and not your bedroom and if you have to use something
to wake you up to go to work in the morning get an old-fashioned alarm clock
and use that to wake yourself up don’t use your phone
keep your phone in another room keep it charging another room don’t have it be
the temptation to be on the phone till right before you go to bed and have it
be the first thing that you do in the morning try to do something else
at the end and the beginning of the day yeah I love that one great quote that
can be applied to many things but is often used with technology is that you
know technology makes a wonderful slave but it makes a terrible master and when
we allow notifications to pop up on our phone in many ways we’re becoming the
slave because we’re giving access to our attention at any time of the day and we
all know that it can be very very tempting to pull away even from a great
conversation even even from something we’re really enjoying in the present
even from something that’s really important because of a notification that
comes up on our phone but especially when we’re doing something that we’re
not necessarily enjoying but we should be doing it so when you’re doing some
really deep work when you’re studying when you’re
tackling a challenging task when you’re having a difficult conversation when
you’re trying to learn something a notification can pull us out of that
important moment and we we want to check the notification because it would be far
more enjoyable and far easier but not beneficial and I’ve I’ve taken your
advice right I bought an old not old I bought an alarm clock I ordered it on
Jumia couple months ago so that I don’t have to rely on my phone to wake
me up because that was kind of an excuse I was using for having my phone plugged
in in the bedroom was well that’s what I use to to wake up in the mornings I
already wear a watch so there might be some of our listeners that should invest
in a wristwatch because how many times have you picked up your phone
quote-unquote to check the time but ended up wasting minutes or even more
than that of your life on some social media rabbit hole that you got sucked
into so get yourself an alarm clock plug your phone in somewhere else and you can
have set hours that it’s plugged in it’s kind of docked you know from 11:00 to
7:00 a.m. or midnight to 8:00 whatever your hours are that it’s just not a part
of your life one last tip I’ll share that that can be really freeing is
leaving the house without your phone this is a really exciting thing to try
because you can learn a lot about the dependency you have on your phone now
there’s sometimes there’s legitimate reasons that you miss your phone like oh
I forget what I’m supposed to get at the grocery store I’m gonna call my parents
I’m gonna call my my spouse and ask clarify or you want to take a picture of
something or you need to use Google Maps you know those are legitimate reasons
where you you might really miss your phone but I think what people will
notice is how many illegitimate moments they go to use their phone just out of
habit or to escape the situation they’re in and those are the moments that by leaving the house without your phone you
can begin to address them you can begin to tackle those negative habits because
you can notice wow I was just about to pull my phone out of my pocket but but
why I don’t really need it I don’t really need to know what’s happening in
the world of social media at the moment there’s no reason for it so I’ve started
to do this it takes a little more forethought in preparation but it can be
a really freeing feeling to be out in the world and to be unreachable yeah
these are great points right I think one of the things I’d like to emphasize to
our listeners is that nothing we’re suggesting here is easy we’re not
claiming that doing these things and making them habits to your life is like
turning on a switch you are gonna face resistance it’s going to be hard to stop
watching television it’s hard to get rid of social media apps on your phone it’s
hard to turn off the screens and do other things we do not pretend that the
doing all these things is easy what we’re saying is it’s worth it, yeah
and if you give it a shot you’ll find that your life can improve if you do it
the right way the last aspect of healthy technology habits I’d like to mention is
the use of the computer a lot of us are using computers for work and for email
and other personal things there are some good habits you can have when using your
computer one of them is wearing blue light
blocking glasses a lot of research is coming out showing that that blue light
has a negative impact on the health of your eyes and it can also negatively
impact the quality of the sleep that you get so even if you don’t need glasses
for magnification you can get eyeglasses with blue blocking light to wear when
you’re on the computer or looking at others so that you maintain the health of your eyes and the quality of your sleep some
other good habits is not having your computer screen too close to you using
an extended keyboard so that you can have good posture when you’re sitting at
your desk and sitting up straight a lot of people are developing back problems
and neck problems because they’re spending too many hours of the day
hunched over at a computer another good tip is using noise cancelling headphones
so that you’re not being distracted while you’re working and doing other
things on the computer we mentioned this when we talked about deep work in
episode number 2 and the last one I’ll mention is a habit that may not be
appropriate for everyone but I think it is manageable and that is putting on
your calendar two times two per day where you check email and not checking
email all day and not allowing those email notifications to disrupt your
normal workflow mm-hm so that’s that sums up the the advice I
have for healthy technology habits that’s great
lots of good stuff in there I need to apply some of it myself too before we go
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