Quote of the Week
‘The horrible truth is we are linear beings; we can’t multitask, and we shouldn’t keep interrupting important connections to each other with the latest message coming in.’ –Douglas Rushkoff
One of the things I have heard mentioned a couple of times in the last few weeks is using a special device for distractions.
What this means is having a special device just for things like Facebook, Twitter, games and other things that you default to.
It’s an interesting concept – what if you only had time-wasting apps on a device that you didn’t have with you? (Yes, I know you could re-install them.) But think about it – you wouldn’t be able to play Candy Crush or check social media because you didn’t have the device with you.
I’ve had to do this, to a certain extent. My phone has my blog Facebook, not my personal one. The reason? I don’t get sucked into things on the blog feed the way I do in “real” life. (What is it about all the drama and griping that is so enticing? I don’t know, but I fall for it too). My personal Facebook is accessible only on my computer, and then only at certain times.
I had to delete the Kindle app off my phone, because I was spending too much time on it. The only device I can read fiction on now is my Paperwhite.
Using Moment on my phone showed me how bad things had gotten. I was spending hours on my phone every day. And the phone is not where I do the productive work – that is either done on my iPad or computer. So I took steps to limit my access to these non-productive activities.
How would you benefit by removing time-wasters from your phone? Could you use another device?
That’s about it for this week’s edition. We’ll see what next week brings. Until then, be productive, be peaceful, and keep your balance.