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1. Remove unused apps

1. Remove unused apps

The first step to managing distractions on your phone is to remove the apps you no longer need.

  • These apps take up storage space in your phone’s memory and bandwidth when they update themselves.
  • But worst of all, these zombie apps fill your device with visual clutter and distraction .

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3. Make notifications less intrusive
  1. Sound: An audible notification is the most interruptive and should only be granted to essential or harmless apps – banking, work IM, file downloader, or calls.
  2. Sight: After sound, visual triggers are the next level of interruption. Allow notifications that matter the most while you are using your phone – ongoing chats in meetings, OTP from SMS, etc.
  3. Sayonara: The rest of the apps on your phone can kiss notification privileges goodbye. You can open them only when you need them.

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2. Replace screen time

Remove apps that seek your constant attention, like social media. Replace the screen time for those apps by browsing only through a laptop/desktop.

  • Apps like Audible for listening to books and Pocket for reading articles can stay.
  • Breaking news apps with blaring alerts that did nothing but stress me out had to go.

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Where to direct your attention

Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, "Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people's weakness."

This is very telling even in our age about our attention and the things we focus on. We let other people decide what to focus on and are defenceless when the media exploits our weaknesses. Instead, we should control where we direct our attention.

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Throw distractions away 

Do not put your smartphone on your work desk. 

Even though turning off all notifications and turning the device to silent mode might eliminate distraction, having it physically there would give your mind a subconscious signal that someone might be looking for you.

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Introduction

Distractions are everywhere. Whether it is your smartphone, your computer, or your smartwatch. When you are about to start writing a report, your phone beeps, and you immediately turn to it. Thirty minutes later, you are still on your phone and that report is still lying there waiting for you.

While it is true that some notifications are important and we need to respond. But this hyper-connectivity should not come at the expense of your productivity. 

Here are the few simple ways to kill distractions and focus on the tasks at hand.

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