I’ve turned my notifications off. Completely.
If I want to find out whether someone’s text me or I have a missed call or a new like on Insta or follower on Twitter, I now need to open the app to find out.
Why? What’s the point?
The point is, that all through the day, I check my phone. Like, all through the entire day. Glancing at it, just to check. Just in case.
In case what?
I asked myself this week, what exactly am I hoping to find? Will it change my life? Is that my priority in that moment. Out of everything else I could do, should I be doing that? Is that the most productive use of my time?
I don’t think so.
All that checking my phone has done for me is fragmented my attention and fucked up my concentration.
I’ve been mid-email and picked up my phone before. Mid-task! That’s not good at all. To not be able to complete a simple task without picking up your phone, just in case, is a colossal step backward.
I bet you do it too? You check your phone when it beeps, you unlock it if you see a notification waiting and before you know it, you’re off task and wasting time looking at pictures of bunnies.
No doubt, they’re cute, with their furry little ears and…
Since starting the VUX World podcast, I’ve been more disciplined than I’ve ever been and more productive too.
So I’ve decided that any time spent doing anything that’s not taking me forward is a waste of time and is only taking me backward.
Turning off notifications is a part of that and I’ll see how it goes.
Think about how often you check you phone on an average day. Think about how much time you spend doing that. And be real to yourself, don’t disillusion yourself and say it’s only 10 mins.
Now, take all of that time and add it together. How long do you have? Half an hour? An hour? Two? More!?
So stop telling yourself that you don’t have time to exercise or to cook or to call someone and start spending the only time you have on the things that’ll take you on.
Then you can turn off your notifications and remove the temptation.