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It’s time for me to eliminate some constant distractions

January 9, 2013

I disabled all push notifications on my phone today. They had really become a nuisance. Every time I looked at it I had an email or a Facebook message which were never really that important but that I felt compelled to clear away. And the compulsion to clear them made me check my phone more often to see if there was anything else that needed to be cleared. This is a ridiculous cycle that I have now excused myself from.

Part of the reason for this is that I’ve found my tablet to be much more useful for checking those kinds of things anyway. And since my tablet isn’t always with me like my phone is I can really limit my exposure to those distractions.

I have never in my life gotten an email that was so pressing that I had to react to it immediately. People who are important enough to warrant a real interruption in my day have other means of contacting me. So I think it’s time to finally go back to how it was before smart phones. If you need me, call me (or text me, I’m not a total Luddite).

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