The reason is that every time I go through a doorway, I put my hand on the switch of my cell phone. So when I’m walking into a meeting (which I have freely decided to attend, therefore want to be there and pay attention) I turn the switch off. When I walk through the doorway on the way out, it goes back on. Simple technique.
But why do I do this and why is it worth a post? That’s because doorways have meaning. There’s something different beyond that door and beyond the doorway. It could be a new person, new information that could change my life, or a new experience. And when I am going to experience something new, I try to be prepared. At the doorway, I do a couple of quick things:
- Prepare technologically. Turn off the cellphone ringer, check I’ve got note-taking material of some kind and figure out where I’m going to sit to maximize my experience.
- Start fresh. This is most important. It doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having. This is new. Put aside the rest of today and start with a new outlook on things.
- Recap my objectives. A quick mental run-through of what I want from going through this doorway, even if it’s stepping out my front door to head out to the grocery store.