i probably get Flower Garden About 12 to 20 times a day during the work week — a modest number compared to the average American smartphone user 322 per week – but it’s the weekend buzz It seems to affect me a lot less than those much awaited mid-week buzz I have come to expect the session.
Like a dog in one of those weird black-and-white 1950s behavioral psychic experiments, I was acting more like the buzzword than the real buzz on one’s own. However, it became clear that I needed to make a fundamental change – that buzz (or beep) was more in control of my work day than I was.
During the work week, I admit I’m often in a hurry to catch up buzz, This gave me a flurry. At the beginning of my journey, especially in the morning, I welcomed a buzz, After my morning cup, together buzz Most likely that would be in order. time for lunch buzz would be well received if it was a particularly busy start to the day, such as an afternoon buzz Or two just to make sure the day was well rounded.
It is through time and experience that I have, more recently, discovered the power of silence. Specifically, the power to silence my phone and put it on buzz Good behavior. Weekends are all about the vibe anyway, so I figured I’d give it a shot and go quiet during the workday.
Silencing the phone is kind of like being in the “pocket” that jazz musicians talk about, that emptiness where everything really exists because without it, other hits, well, aren’t that hard. I’ve found silencing my phone to be like intentionally setting aside one day per week to unplug the family TV And instead sitting around playing board games for the evening. You start seeing things a little differently. You may find that you are ultimately in more control about your work relationship, the structure of your day, and even the conversations you make about the ones you make available to yourself than you previously thought.
As long as I’m paid to mindlessly scroll through apps and text friends during the workday, the impulse to check my phone is bested by Silent’s simple alternative.
In the early stages of reclaiming the day, setting my phone to vibrate wasn’t enough to stop me reaching for the phone whenever it caught my ear. buzz Comes out from the corner of my desk. Unlock the phone, answer texts, engage in a couple of buzzes back and forth with a friend, inadvertently navigate an app and finally find myself with a crick in my neck and 30 minutes gone by that I’ll never come back. The 33 apps I have installed on my phone are far fewer than the average smartphone user More than 80 mobile apps on their phone To get their attention. With most push notifications disabled, it was still a struggle not to engage if I noticed that there was some activity on my home screen, but I was inspired to figure out a better way.
procrastination? Perhaps. impulsive behavior? Absolutely! Knowing that there would be something beneficial to offer in the form of phone conversations, @mentions, or details of the weekend’s weather forecast, I knew I would echo in no time – but I was losing out on time that I could have allocated a little more intelligently. To fix this, I came up with my own little three-point plan. “The power of three, ‘the key of thirty,'” I say to myself. Things sometimes need an idiom, and it’s a starting point for changing habits. Here’s what I do:
- At 9 am, put your phone on silent/do not disturb/do not text me mode. The name varies depending on your mobile OS.
- Pick up your phone once a day and reply to all messages on time. Don’t waver
- After work hours, if you want to be, put your phone on silent and be available.
I can’t count how many times I hit a groove on a project and got derailed by a text or an incoming push notification. The blame is partly mine and I certainly could have gone further to make sure I was focused (see: silencing my phone). Fortunately, every app has settings for notifications and smartphones nowadays are pretty cool with what they can do. encourage focus, astonishingly. You just need to put in a little work to make sure the structure works for you.
The ease with which the settings on one’s phone can be manipulated encourages better overall well-being and the balance between being a human being and working with technology is profound. It is not necessarily magic, but rather using an instrument appropriately when listing the elements of the instrument to enhance its association with it. Silencing the phone has helped me develop a powerful structure during the work week that has allowed me to control how and when I interface with it and ensure that I stay focused on the task at hand. As long as I’m paid to mindlessly scroll through apps and text friends during the workday, the impulse to check my phone is bested by Silent’s simple alternative.
TLDR: If you struggle to concentrate during the work day, try putting your phone on silent for a while – with some caution and intention, it’s a tactic that will eventually unintentionally help you throughout the day. Will break the habit of checking the phone.