The day after Apple reveals their juicy new iPhones I thought it would be appropriate to point at the elephant in the room. The issue is real. We are all spending enormous time staring at our phone. Lot has been written on the ills of this. I spend 2-3 hours on my phone a day and get a lot of work done using my phone as an extended screen of my laptop. I have no games. But I do get a lot of notifications from apps. These distract me often. This article by Ryan Holiday on Forge addresses this issue head-on.
He provides some easy to implement practical ideas. Turning off alerts so the lock screen is blank. Instead of keeping multiple apps open, create a protocol and let people who matter know how you can be reached in an urgency – call, text or mail. Shut off the rest of the apps.
Sleep with the phone in another room, not using it for entertainment at all (doesn’t work for me) and possibly carrying two phones with separate use cases – fun and work are listed. All ideas are not for everyone – especially if you are in sales or media – but implementing a a few can radically save time and reduce distraction.
Definitely examining from your own perspective.
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A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone