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Disable push features, alerts, and notifications

This post is from a series about gaining control of your time, attention and energy in my online course, Science of Finding Flow. Read the rest here.

DISABLE push features, alerts, and notifications on your mobile devices, desktop, and laptop computers. This is the hardest step for many people. You don’t have to turn off your phone altogether, but do turn off distracting dings and vibrations when you are working or focusing on something besides the incoming emails and texts. Most people do not have the self-discipline or mental fortitude it takes to ignore an incoming text or email. But when you interrupt yourself to check what just came in, you lose time, focus, and productivity (we are going to talk about multi-tasking in the coming weeks).

Putting down your smartphone allows you to truly connect with the people who are in your presence, even if it is a checker at the grocery store that you don’t know. Click To Tweet

For now, start giving yourself the gift of being fully present with your attention wherever you are, feeling whatever you are feeling, even if that feeling is boredom (at first). Putting down your smartphone allows you to truly connect with the people who are in your presence, even if it is a checker at the grocery store that you don’t know. This will ultimately make you more productive, intelligent, and happy. I promise.


This post is taken from “The Science of Finding Flow,” an online course I created as a companion to my book The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. I’m sharing one “lesson” from this online class per week here, on my blog. Want to see previous posts? Just click this The Science of Finding Flow tag. Enjoy!