Let’s talk about technology. It can be a wonderful thing. Caller ID. Text messaging. The ability to see the faces of friends and loved ones who live far away. Any funny meme that helps you get through the day.
But technology is also full of time sucks and interruptions. Your phone constantly dinging with message alerts. Your email notifications popping up while you are working. Someone commenting on a Facebook or Instagram post.
All of this distracts us from our priorities. We can’t focus on deep work when we’re constantly being interrupted. Or, we think the interruption is a priority so we stop what we’re doing to answer the phone, read the emails, respond to the text messages.
What if you took back control of your time and focus? What if you turned off those notifications, closed the email programs, and didn’t have your phone constantly in your hand or pocket?
I’m going to guess that the world will continue on just fine. It won’t stop spinning. And, you are likely to be more productive and not feel pulled in so many directions!
Here are some more ideas to stop letting tech control you!
- Respond to those messages and calls on your time.
- Have auto-responders for your email stating you received their email and will respond within 24 business hours (or whatever your company requires for responses).
- Have specific times of the day that you sit at your computer and process emails. Block the time on your calendar. Spend that time only processing your emails.
- Turn off all notifications to email, text, etc.
- Turn your phone on silent or leave it in another room when you are doing some deep work.
- Put an analog clock somewhere in your office so you’re not looking at your phone to check the time. Plus, analog clocks give you a better understanding of the passing of time!
What are you going to do this week to stop letting tech control you?
If you want to talk further about better control over your tech, schedule a 30-minute phone call with me! Or read more about multitasking (which you’re likely doing with all those tech interruptions!)