Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

The Power of Three

April 13, 2018

As visitors to this parish are aware, I’m a big believer in The Power of Three.  And in this Age of Distraction I’ve been a practitioner of Focus / Commitment / Discipline for many years.

This is the secret to Making Things Happen.  Stay focussed, stay single-minded on task completion and Keep Going.  Not very sexy. Just effective.

And the Biggest Threat to Peak Performance in any business today?  The weapon of Mass Distraction – and simultaneously our greatest enabling ally – the Smart Phone.

Research indicates many of us are distracted nearly 50% of the time.  No wonder we feel so much stress and that our lives are out of balance.

Surveys reveal:

  • We check our phones 150 times/day, or every 6 1/2 minutes.
  • We spend 2 1/2 hours each day on our phone, in 76 different sessions.
  • Millennials spend 1.8 hours of their work-day on social media – whilst at work.
  • Productivity is declining.
  • Competitiveness is declining.
  • Our own sense of achievement is declining.
  • Happiness is declining.


Figure out some basic rules and stick to them.  Take control of your phone.  Don’t let it control you.



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