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‘Why I keep my computer turned off’

Desktop computer and keyboard thrown out in the bin

Most of us are reliant on our computers these days, but as one SME points out, they can actually hamper your productivity.

Speaking on the My Business Podcast, real estate auctioneer and sales educator Tom Panos was questioned about the fact that he hadn’t switched on his desktop computer in more than 12 months, and how his business has survived given this apparent disconnection from the world.

“I simply don't get bogged down in email management,” he said.Desktop computer and keyboard thrown in the bin

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“I've got a mantra in my head: ‘Tom, be married to the process, not the outcome’.”

According to Tom modern life is full of distractions, and the key to success as a business owner is to wage war on these distractions and spend more time on your core tasks.

“I ruthlessly eliminate mundane activities,” he explained.

“I just stick to that and understand that; [I] don't become too attached to anything.”

His advice to other business owners is to avoid ancillary tasks wherever possible, to focus on the core aspects of growing your business and adding value to your customers.

“Just be very, very process-driven and I think what stuffs you up in process a lot of the time is distractions and getting attached to these distractions,” he said.

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“I find that computers can be big disruptors in your life.”

Instead, Tom delegates all of his email communications and diary management to his personal assistant, leaving him free from distractions and time-wasting activities.

“I don't think you can have an amazing business without having an epic team,” he said.

Hear more tips from Tom on how he manages his 90-hour working week on the My Business Podcast now!

Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the editor of My Business, and has steered the publication’s editorial direction since early 2016. 

The two-time Publish Awards finalist has an extensive journalistic career across business, property and finance, including a four-year stint in the UK. Email Adam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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