7 Simple Ways to Control Cell Phone Distraction
What’s the best way to control smartphone distractions?
We intend to work, but instead proceed to scroll through Instagram looking for inspirational quotes about productivity and time management. We look like we are working, but nothing gets done.
To do deep meaningful work, we need to perform ONE essential task that is at the center of our priorities. If you are a writer, put words on paper. If you are a salesman, make phone calls. If you are a youtuber, make videos. If you are a student, do your homework.
When focus and concentration are compromised by smartphones, there is one obvious solution to the problem. It’s called self-control. Good news – it’s free. Bad news – it does not work. Addictive technology hacked the weaknesses of our brain a long time ago, and gets better at it every day.
To hack back, here are 7 simple ideas that can help you beat smartphone distraction.
1. Get a Dumb Phone
The best way to not be distracted by a smartphone is not to have one. Here are the phones that only look like smartphones:
2. Lock Up Your Phone
3. Use a Productivity App
3. Make Your Phone Disappear
Put your phone out of sight and out of mind.
Faraday bags block WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals: no distractions would come through. Since the phone cannot be tracked, privacy and data security are an added benefit.
Lock the phone inside a Yondr pouch by a magnet to create phone-free spaces that nurture human presence:
6. Go Old World
Who said that knowledge work requires a phone – or even a computer? People have lived without them for millennia. The best works of literature and science were hand-written. All you need to capture ideas is pen and paper, and your own head. Just grab a notepad or a journal and go for a walk to help you think.
7. Learn From the Wise
To give a boost to your own self-control, learn from these wise authors who cracked the code of behavior design for our benefit: