Distraction-Proofing Your Phone
Did you know the average person checks their phone about 150 times a day? That’s about once every 7 or 8 minutes you’re awake. It feels like were always getting notifications. In fact we even have phantom vibration syndrome which makes us feel like were getting texts that aren’t really there. This distraction adds up. We spend about 7 years on our phones. Every time we break concentration from our work to check our notifications our ability to focus has to reset. Like it or not its impossible for us to seamlessly transition between tasks and give them them the attention needed to perform at a high level for them without taking the time to focus.
We live in a time of mass media and with that comes mass distraction. This distraction breaks our concentration and makes it harder for us to focus on the things that matter to us. Although it is possible to multi-task; to do more than one thing at a time it is impossible to multi-focus; to focus on more than one thing at a time. If I wanted to get any important work done I was going to have to break free of the distraction storm I carried in my pocket.
Making your phone distraction-proof is not an easy thing to do. It includes sacrifice and a decision to get rid of things, no matter how entertaining, that aren’t immediately relevant to reaching your goals. It’s even harder when you have to organize a separate phone for work, but I highly recommend not mixing your business and personal phone. If you do it becomes easier for the notifications of one to dominate the other even when you’re supposed focused on the present task. Because of how easy it is for office or non-office notifications to pop it becomes near impossible to mentally disconnect from home or work as long as we let one cross over the other.