There are too many things around us that take our attention away from important moments. This is my take on addressing that issue.

By Den in Opinion

April 23, 2019

If you haven’t seen Casey Neistat’s latest video, spend a couple of minutes (NOT during the work day) doing that, even if you are not that into vlogging.

I wrote on this topic last year, but this is something that I kept encountering more and more - there are so many distracting factors that one needs to get under control to truly be on top of things. Randomization is everywhere, and it’s 90% coming from your shiny screen, mostly from social apps.

For me to be effective at what I want to accomplish (and I want to do so many things - there is not enough time in the day), I needed to take some more proactive steps in the right direction. I ended up deleting all social media apps from my phone - I realized that I spent too much time handling notifications from those. And wow - it’s like a permanent “do not disturb” for both your phone and smart watch. There is a dramatic increase in productivity by taking this one simple step (and for 99 more cents - you should also disable push notifications for non-critical apps) - highly recommend. Bonus points for not having the ability to “boredom browse” - scroll through things every minute that is not occupied by something important. Having the time to be bored gives one time to think about a variety of things that otherwise would be preoccupied by pointless things.

If I don’t respond to your @-mention, that’s because I am checking Twitter less frequently now, and only on my laptop. Less randomization for me.

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