There are apps that help people spend less time on their devices.
OUR ISSUE’S THEME, “GET IT DONE,” ISN’T LIKE TALKING ABOU T
kitchens or backyards, where we can discuss hot new products that make for stunning
results. That made writing this issue’s column a little tricky, but not impossible. It’s just a
column more about ideas and action than stuff.
Reducing interruptions and distractions
A 2013 study published by Cubesmart, Inc. said we experience interruptions every
eight minutes, and that each distracts us for five to fifteen minutes. It doesn’t take a
math genius to see how much time gets eaten up when we don’t do anything to control
how often we’re pulled off task. These days, it’s not just noisy coworkers that divert our
attention; all it takes is a buzz of the phone, the ding of Snapchat notification, or a click
on a You Tube link.
Worse? Because we tend to “kill time” on our phones, we don’t use downtime to get
things done either. Got fifteen minutes to kill before your ride arrives? In the past, we
might have picked up the living room; now, we wait on our phones. Hobbies have also
taken a hit because, for many, phones make a perfectly good pastime.
So, what to do? Reducing electronic time seems obvious, but it’s easier said than
done. One easy way to reduce time is to turn off all notifications; the lure of those little
red circles can be more than some people can stand. Leave your phone in another room
BY DONNA HOKE
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