It’s time to break up with your phone.
How many times have you set out to do something, but realized about a half hour later that you fell down the rabbit-tunnel of “feeds”? Social media is my personal bane, if I go onto Facebook to post an update or check my business page, I have to fight to ignore the flood of interesting and awesome things my friends have to say. Because they ARE interesting and awesome, but I only have so much time in a day.
Don’t ask me how many times I’ve completely forgotten what I was even trying to accomplish before I got lost in a malange of posts for an hour.
Productivity Isn’t About Time Management. It’s About Attention Management.
Unplugging with intent has been a lifesaver. It’s not just okay to make yourself inaccessible from time to time, I’m saying it is essential to maintaining your focus, your creativity, and your personal boundaries. You must leave time for you. You’ll be more productive and happier for it.
Of all the inexpensive ways to detach from our online devices; from oldschool alarm clocks, honest paper books, wrist watches, old school music players and stripped down MP3 devices, my favorite is the humble pen and paper.
Your journal, or notebook, can replace that to-do list. The shopping list. The project and hibbit trackers. The daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal, yearly planner.
By not putting the entire wealth of human knowlege (and all your friends awesome memes) at your fingertips every time you need to reference a note, you’ll free up precious time by not allowing your attention to wander off target.
Use paper to create a 100% you zone that unlocks your creativity and sharpens your focus. When you flip through your journal books there are no outside distractions. If you were looking for a reason to get a everyday carry (“EDC“) journal, this is a really good one.