This is part of my Tech Workers' Guide To Distraction Free Work
Our phones are massive distractions and keep us from engaging in deep work. Let’s fix this.
Level 1: Productive Mode
- Turn off unnecessary notifications, e.g., social media
- Turn off unnecessary background updates and location services
- Remove games and unnecessary apps
Congratulations! Your battery now lasts longer.
Level 2: Warrior Mode
- Remove social media
- Add books to the books/kindle app
- Add audiobooks
- Ignore non-critical calls/texts during work hours
- Schedule time (e.g. 8 pm) to respond to calls/texts/messages
You’ll get used to checking your phone less often and read/listen to more books.
Level 3: God Mode
- Put your phone in airplane mode while you work.
Note: This is not for everyone.
Personally, my routine fits squarely in Warrior Mode. I nuked all social media apps and added kindle/audible books. I also ignore non-critical calls/texts. Friends and family are used to waiting a few hours for a response.
Take action: Test out Productive Mode and get more done.
Tech Workers' Guide To Distraction Free Work
Practices: Just Say No
- Just say No
- Stop Looking For Drama
- Beware Of Taking On Extra Responsibility
- Make an “I won’t do” list
Practices: Say Yes
- Track your distractions
- Stay focused with a To Do list
- Make a “Big Rock” list
- Follow the 2-minute rule
- Try the Pomodoro Technique
- Make a list of questions
Practices: Control Your Physical Environment
- Find your Den of Productivity
- Eliminate distracting belongings
- Limit disruptive noise
- Listen to music
- Silence your phone
Practices: Control Your Digital Environment
- Close your email
- Leave social media
- Close your browser tabs
- Limit distractions from Slack
- Try an app blocker
Practices: Get Organized
What do books say about distraction free work?
“You could try to pound your head against the wall and think of original ideas — or you can cheat by reading them in books.”