Stop letting your phone Distract You

Over the course of the next five days i’m going to post about some of the more common everyday distractions that kill your productivity. Let’s start by looking at one of the worst offenders — your mobile phone.

Stop letting your phone Distract You

Notifications, Notifications, Notifications

The constant alerts from text messages, emails, and app alerts, along with the rare phone call are enough to interrupt your train of thought. Take a wild guess… how many alerts do you get on your phone on any given day? Is it a dozen? Two dozen? Even more? That means you’re getting interrupted several times per hour throughout your productive time of day.

Your mobile is the equivalent of a toddler that needs constant attention.

Even worse is the temptation to repeatedly check in between alerts. You need to see if there’s an email you missed. Messages must be responded to immediately. You have to check Facebook to see what your friends are up to, or the BBC to catch up on the latest news. Then there’s Instagram and the latest mobile game thats become all the rage.

If you let it, your mobile will become a constant source of distraction.

Not only does it distract you from the things you have to do like finishing a report at work, or cleaning the bathroom, it even distracts you when you’re having fun. How often do you check your phone when you’re having a conversation with a friend or are watching a movie? Isn’t it time that you started to take back control?

Monitor your phone distractions

My point is that your phone is distracting you a lot more than you think. If you don’t believe me, get out a pen and paper and make a check mark every single time your phone disrupts or distracts you in some way shape or form.

Stop looking at your phone all the time. Disable alerts, and don’t be afraid to silence it and stick it in a drawer when you need to focus.

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

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