Current status set to Airplane Mode: On?
So I have to admit that my attention span is one of the shortest in the world and I am pretty sure I can give a toddler a run for their money, so why is this such a big deal for me & what the heck does it have to do with my “Airplane Mode”?
Of course I am talking about concentration & procrastination in the office, at school & at home.
A study has discovered that the average person checks their device 85 times a day, spending a total of 5 hours browsing the web and using apps (for me Instagram is my weakness). This equates to around a third of the time a person is awake & is twice as less as estimated for me.
Here is the little breakdown.
1. The average user reaches for their phone at 7:31am in the morning — me 6.15am, (don’t ask I guess it is to do with my Instagram addiction).
2. These users check personal emails & Facebook before they get out of bed — (well did I mention my middle name is actually now known as Instagram).
3. Many of us pick up our phones more than 1,500 times each week I believe mine to be an average of 143,210 times a week.
4. Plus almost four in ten users have admitted to feeling lost without their device for me it is only when I am NOT on holiday, somewhere exotic & educating so basically minus 14 days a year.
So why again you ask am I writing about this, well I have noticed as my creative career has progressed, I feel I have found the perfect solution for getting rid of mobile procrastination, when I really need to concentrate & I mean two solid hours or plus of uninterrupted work I just whip out “Miss Clever Clogs” (aka my iPhone) & click “Airplane mode”. Quite frankly my life has never been the same again since I discovered this trick, I no longer dilly-dally around checking my screen for that last notification of who just followed me on twitter, or waste time on checking which Instagram friends (that I have ever met) who just liked that picture I just posted, & why are they emailing me about that job I applied for 6 months ago now… oh whoa Topshop has just emailed me they have free delivery this week if I spent £50 & over(bear in mind I am that surfer that will always make sure my shopping bag does not exceed £50 and 50p for that free delivery)… the mobile procrastination list goes on.
The great thing about “Airplane mode is that there IS NOT that vibration in your pocket or that light that lights up on your desk it is just blank, quieter than my brother, but you have that reassurance that “Miss Clever Clogs” is still there with you and that the battery is 77% Green. Often I find myself after I have finished a task remembering that “Miss Clever Clogs” does exist, & feeling almost like I have ignored her just like I would like to do so often with toddlers when they break out in tantrums.
So, in conclusion, the next time you really need to focus switch to airplane mode then when your ready do just like me, pick her slide up, click the circled aeroplane icon/button thingy, stroke her lovely with your finger as you slide to unlock and just like that you hear the tri-tone sound of your messages & voila your re-united & it always feels so good.