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How to eliminate digital distractions

We ALL have a million dings, bells, whistles, alarms, notifications…you name it, we’re getting buzzed regularly throughout our day. 

Technology is great, but truth…effective use of technology requires setting boundaries. As much as we all want to know the latest Twitter post from our favorite person out there in the social space, the fact of the matter is – it’s not productive, efficient or healthy to be constantly distracted. 

Tip #1: Check social media feeds and email first thing in the morning. 

  • Use my “2-minute rule” with emails. If you can address an email in under 2 minutes, do it now. If you can’t address it under 2 minutes, flag the email so you can appropriately handle it when you’re ready to do so. 
  • Check email again mid-morning, after lunch, and late afternoon. 
  • I’ll check my social feeds in the evening too. If I have time during the day around lunch, I’ll flip through Instagram or Twitter…but, I really do try to keep that minimal. 
  • Do NOT check email or social feeds constantly, all day long. You can easily get sucked into email (and social media) hell. 

PRO TIP: Social media was created to keep us on their platforms…it’s addictive by design. Be mindful of this when you find yourself checking social media often.

Tip #2: Adjust the notifications on your phone, tablet, laptop and computer. 

You’ll be amazed how many notifications are turned on for your social media channels, email, news and so much more. 

Go to your settings on your device. Find the notifications setting and open it. When it’s open, you’ll see all the various apps that are set up to notify you when someone posts or there’s new news or a new email. 

Choose which notifications you want to receive and turn off everything else. Trust me – this is a game changer.

Tip #3: Delete those apps that don’t serve you. 

If you find photos posted on a specific Instagram feed constantly make you feel bad about yourself…someone’s hair is too perfect or their body is faultless…or whatever your “thing” is, then GET RID OF IT. 

It’s disrupting how you feel about you…and that ultimately impacts your productivity and self-worth. Totally not worth it.

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