TECHNOLOGY – From distraction to action

Technology gets a bad wrap these days for being one of the biggest distractions of our time. I too have been sucked into the vortex of social media apps, checking if there is a new post, photo or links since you were last on there 2 minutes prior. Although social media cops most of the bad press there are a lot of other apps that can distract you during your day. I’m going to give you an insight on how I have turned my phone from a distraction and into a tool.

STEP 1: DE-NOTIFY

If you are anything like me your phone beeps more than peak hour traffic on P(c)unt Road. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself if the world would end if you didn’t reply to every email or message as soon as they come in? Or would get more satisfaction logging into FB, Instagram or Snapchat and reviewing multiple notifications at once rather than one at a time?

I have slowly over the last 6 months gone from reacting to every beep or vibrate my phone makes to now choosing when I want to react. I know this may be hard to imagine but speaking from experience when you only check your email and social media 2 – 5 times a day they are all there waiting for you when you do. You end up having a lot less distractions and change from being reactive to proactively managing your day.

CHALLENGE 1: TURN OFF ALL YOUR PHONE NOTIFICATIONS FOR 24 HOUR (Except phone calls and maybe text messages) AND TELL ME WHAT THE OUTCOME BELOW.

STEP 2: CREATE YOU OWN SPACE

A little over a week ago I rediscovered Head Space app. Following a stressful couple of weeks my head was full of noise and I was struggling to be productive during the day, I accidentally rediscovered Head Space on the “Our Picks” section of the AppStore, downloaded it and this time actually took the time out of my day to find a quiet place and for just 10 minutes STOP, leave the stresses behind and clear my mind … result CLARITY.

This morning, after missing a couple of days and the noise returning to my head I got complete DAY 6 of the FREE 10 sessions and was once again clarity returned and I have had the most productive day this week.

I’m not saying that this will work for everybody but if it gives you 1/4 of what it has given me I promise you it will be worth the 10 minutes.

CHALLENGE 2: Take 10 minutes out of your day for the next 3 days and let me know the outcome below.

STEP 3: LIMIT YOURSELF

We all have those days/weeks/months when everything seems to come at you all at once and you just can’t manage to get your head above water. We work longer days, skip lunches and don’t even bother to get some fresh air. We tend to let things slide until the 12 hour and have to cram like a year 9 exam just to get it done.

During a time like described above I recently discovered the Pomodoro Technique and apps called Tide & Simple Time. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management philosophy that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness, thereby allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue.

The process is simple. For every project throughout the day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes, then take break for five minutes.

If you have a large and varied to-do list, using the Pomodoro Technique can help you crank through projects faster by forcing you to adhere to strict timing. Watching the timer wind down can spur you to wrap up your current task more quickly, and spreading a task over two or three pomodoros can keep you from getting frustrated. The constant timing of your activities makes you more accountable for your tasks, and minimizes the time you spend procrastinating. You’ll grow to “respect the tomato”, and that can help you to better handle your workload.

CHALLENGE 3: Pick a task on your to-do list and complete it using the Pomodoro Technique. Let me know know the outcome below.

IN CLOSING

I’d like to close by telling you that I thought blogging or writing articles was pointless unless you had an audience but have recently decided that I want to share with anyone that takes the time to read what I have to say the lessons I have learnt, the mistakes I have made and the things that make me who I am today.

Thanks for reading and don’t for get to comment below ✌🏻️

HUGH-MAN