Today I’m here to talk to you about something very important, something we all go through—and that’s on avoiding digital distractions and actually getting some work done.
As I’m typing this, I can see there is a notification from my Instagram. Or my client’s account.
I’ve not put my phone away, on airplane mode.
Here are a few habits that I’m in the process of breaking—and you should too.
I don’t have a TV and watch all my shows or my 15.6-inch laptop or my loyal iPhone6S. Including Instagram TV. I’m big on Instagram stories: in fact, I see more of you engaged and coming back to my stories and while I love checking how many views I got, I also love watching others. Sometimes I can go on for almost 30 minutes when I just keep scrolling through my feed. I even forget what I’d logged onto: look at my grid on UNUM, check out a brand, stalk my ex. You know!
What’s the fix? I don’t check my IG first thing in the morning. I have posts that I have to publish, and once I do that, I don’t look at stories. Instead, I’ve given myself two slots (to read, browse, and listen) and I try to stick to it as much as I can.
#2 Multiple browser tabs
Let me paint a picture for you. It’s lunchtime. I’m scrolling through my Facebook Feed, liking memes and what not, and there it is: a bag that I like or a deal on a GoPro that I’ve now wanted for a while. I know I’m falling for a retargeting ad by clicking on it but I do, and before I realize, I’m window shopping for 20 minutes.
What’s the fix? I mostly shut all tabs on my laptop that haven’t been used in an hour, bookmarking or writing down a website I need to go back to. When I’m writing, like now, I only have my email and Soundcloud open. And that’s great!
#3 Low Storage Space
I’m just like you. I downloaded Prisma last year to see what the fuss was about. Just like I downloadedSarahah. I download all photo apps my fellow bloggers and social media influencers brag about. I take 24 live photos when I’m out drinking with my friends. And then come one of the most dreaded messages on my phone screen
“You’re low on disk space. Try freeing up some space by going in the settings”. All this clutter makes my brain foggy, making me take more time to finish work!
What’s the fix? Be it A Color Story, Amazon, Big Basket or even Nike Training, I’ve deleted all apps that were just sitting in my folders, using my RAM.
Next up, I don’t keep any photos in my gallery anymore. Seriously, as of now, I have 4 photos on my phone. Whatever I use on my IG are published and deleted the same day.
As a blogger, I’m asked to go live or tweet about events and whatever I do, I make sure I delete on my UBER back home. As for storage space, a lot of it is invested in WhatsApp and Instagram so I delete these apps and reboot. To cut down on most distractions, I’ve muted all notifications from all groups just because there are so many people talking simultaneously and I will be tempted to go participate.
#4 Digital Deep Cleaning
I used to wait till my desktop was full—meaning there were usually enough thumbnails to sift through the document I was looking for. My photo folders had subfolders with the same photos. You get the gist.
What’s the fix? I clean up my desktop of all the crap I download once every seven days (I’m trying to make that a daily habit). Next up, I use Dropbox for all my clients updating the sub-folders every month as well as whatever I need for my blog and content writing for magazines, Huffington Post and more! The sidebar of my Canva was looking claustrophobic like I deleted old images and decided to folder-up.
#5 Focus and Increase Productivity
I recently found out about this app called Be Focused where you can actually assign time slots to tasks (for Eg: finish writing this article in 60 minutes) after which an alarm will ring. It’s definitely good for the days you have a lot of multitasking to do and if you’re a person who works well with deadlines.
What’s the fix? A fellow blogger also raved about an app called Forest. Once you put the app on, you cannot touch your phone for 30 minutes or your tree will die. Playing on guilt is a great tactic I say—even though the tree and the Forest itself is 3D.
So that’s it from me—these tips help me figure out my shit from time to time.
Please do comment below with tips, tricks, apps, habits that help you stay productive.