Smart phones seem to be an essential part of our everyday lives. Unfortunately, they are also a source of constant interruption. If you think back to your last call or notification, you may realise that checking this was not actually urgent, despite your phone’s persistent beeps, pop ups and alerts.
Constant distractions like this stop us from doing our most important work. Our important tasks take us much longer to complete, we experience a lag time due to stopping and starting tasks and our brain doesn’t do its best work when it is always distracted.
I’m going to suggest some ways for you to stop these interruptions.
Hide your chat presence. Many social media and chat software now will alter your friends that you are signed in and available. If you use these chats, make sure you change your presence indicator to ‘busy’ or ‘do not disturb’ if you need to focus on something else.
Turn off all social media alerts on your phone. Worst case scenario, you might need to go into each social media app and turn off your notifications in settings.
Turn off your email alerts. Turn off the alerts and pop up notifications from email. Schedule email checks throughout the day, when you are not busy with more important things.
Limit your email checks. Email is rarely urgent. In fact, email is rarely important at all. Change the settings in your phone’s app, so it checks for new email every two hours instead of every 15 minutes. The best part is that this will help extend you phone’s battery charge.
Set up fewer reminders in your tasks and calendar. Reminders serve a good purpose if they warrant interruption from your important work right now. Most reminders don’t warrant interrupting your work at all. Use them for important meetings and appointments but use them sparingly.
Turn on caller ID and screen your calls. Caller ID is a great invention. It helps us keep the telemarketers and other trivial calls at bay. If a call is truly important, most will be happy to leave a voice mail.
Don’t forget, the phone has an off button. You should try and disconnect from your phone all together, every now and then. If you don’t want to commit to that, at least try putting it on silent each night.
Do you have any tips of your own, which you use to prevent constant interruptions from your phone or tablet? Please share any tips you have in the comments below or just tell me what you thought of the article.