Have you ever forgotten your cellphone for a day?

To be a business person and not have your cellphone for the day….OMG.

I’m curious how you handled it… Did you take the whole thing in stride or freak out?

I had the good fortune to attend the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, a few months ago. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s one of the most famous major tournaments in the world. The Masters policy is that no phones are allowed on the property.

I realized that I wouldn’t have my phone for the whole day. No calls to my family. No texting. No business calls. Nothing.

What would happen if that VIP customer to whom I’ve been trying to sell for years wanted to place his first order today? Would he think I had terrible customer service?

Or if my sales manager had a question that only I could answer? Or if somebody needed a credit today — but I’m the only person to authorize refunds over $500?

Truth be told, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that refreshed. To not be checking my phone throughout the day ended up being a blessing, and, thankfully, nothing urgent happened the prior 12 hours.

Of course, nothing happened. Work was fine and my team felt empowered making decisions on their own. They all knew “Jeff couldn’t be reached the entire day.”

Stop micromanaging

Regardless of your title within your organization, you must develop a team to help support you. Too many executives micromanage their business, and without having scale with trusted co-workers and colleagues to assist, your business will always just be you. This is not a scalable business that will build exponential value.

Be introspective about your company. Can you take a day off or one week off and still have your company operate without a hiccup? If you can, congratulations because you have built scale. And if you can’t, start today putting together a plan of action to accomplish this goal.

As I built my companies, one of my themes was growing the team. With a team, you can focus on those activities that provide the highest return for your company. A meaningful “aha” moment for me was understanding that my company would be just fine with me being out of touch for the day.

Use this analogy and find your own Masters, whether it’s taking a day off to be with your family or doing something you are passionate about, and get totally immersed in that activity without your phone. “Be present” is the best way to say it (just like my children have taught me that we have a no phone policy at dinner even though I do try to check it under the table when nobody is looking).

Sometimes things that we feel add stress can actually give us a new perspective when we accept that there are things that force us to live in the moment.