Day 2 of 1000 days writing. 3 simple life hacks that help me get more done in a day.
1. Move your phone to another room
Whether you work remotely, want some focused time or just need a bit of time away from your devices, the best choice is to place your phone in another room. Ideally, the room furthest away and in a drawer. That effort to get up, consciously walk to retrieve your phone is enough of a barrier to making you think twice. It also helps eliminate the habitual itch of having to check your phone as the device is out of sight.
What to try: Take 15 minutes today and build up the time. Place your phone in a drawer, and enjoy a task that does not involve any tech e.g. reading.
2. Put your games console in a drawer
If you are anything like me, you love nothing more than a good hour (or 4) playing video games. If you are also anything like me, you will use video games (and Youtube) as immediate distractions when bored, out of focus or tired.
Just as making processes easy encourages user adoption, making processes harder does the opposite. If you have to press a single button and wait 30 seconds to play a game, you will most likely play a game.
I propose placing your games console in a drawer (cables, controllers and all), in another room. That extra effort to take the console from a drawer, plug all the cables back in a boot the console up may be enough to defer you, at least while you crack on with more important tasks.
When the time feels right, you will make the effort and the whole experience of games feels a little more justified.
What to try: Place your console in a drawer and try another task, resisting the urge to play video games. Netflix and Youtube don’t count.
I unplug my Playstation (with cables) and turn the TV around.
3. Don’t look at your phone when you wake up
Do anything else. Make a coffee, do a few push-ups, read something. It seems insignificant but avoiding the urge to check your phone first thing is liberating. More than likely you haven’t missed anything urgent and the work emails can wait 15 minutes. Over time, you might feel the benefit of extending this time.
What to try: Wake up tomorrow, stop your alarm and do one actionable thing before checking your phone.
I try and have a morning coffee, go for a 25-minute run and 5–10 minutes of reading before checking my phone.
What do you think? Have you ever put similar processes into practice? I’d love to know your thoughts.