Like many others today, I struggle with feeling yoked to my phone. It is my communication with the outside world, my calendar, my organizer, my alarm clock, among other things. If I am watching TV, the phone is next to me. If I am laying in bed, the phone is next to me. The only time I do not have my phone right with me is when I am teaching class.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that I was getting really distracted when I was at home and I was struggling to finish tasks. I would start folding laundry and not finish. I would start a blog post and not finish. I would start straightening up and I would not finish. I tried to pin-point why I was letting so many projects go unfinished. And then it dawned on me ---
Tweet-Tweet! (How many of you have that same sound as your text message? It seems pretty popular.) Every time I got a text message, email, or other notification, I would stop what I was doing and go check my phone. It made it difficult to get projects finished, because by the time I was done texting or checking Facebook, I forgot what I was working on.
What could I do though? I did not want to just stop using my phone, because I liked the connection to family and friends. It dawned on me that I could use the same feature that kept me from being distracted at school while I was at home. Enter ----
I am loving this new idea of mine (which I know others already do, but it is new to me). It keeps me from feeling so yoked to my phone, and allows me to get projects done without interruptions. I am so much more productive and that makes me happy. Such a simple little idea that is making a big impact in my daily life.
How do you handle the barrage of phone noise? Are you able to ignore it? Do you check it when you hear it? I would love to hear what works for you all.
Happy Quiet Time,