Why Technology Is Distracting You And How To Deal With It

In today’s extremely connected world, it’s very easy to blur the line between work and personal time. This causes us to lose time to technology that’s supposed to help us. Here’s how to keep your tech in order.

Kill The Notifications

One of the biggest causes of being consumed by technology is the constant notifications. Knowing that a response to something to something we do or interests us is available at anytime can drive us off track from work or just simply make us do things less efficiently – even if it’s simply browsing the web.

Don’t believe me? A study done by Microsoft revealed the notifications caused enough of a distraction that decrease efficiency was noted. Even when subjects were told that notifications caused them to be sidetracked, a large majority said they did not mind.

Kill The Screen At Night

Are you one of those people who has to check their email at night or surf the web before bed because you can’t sleep? That might be the problem.

According to a study done by the National Sleep Foundation, electronics keep us up and prevent us from going to sleep when our bodies are trying to shut down for the night:

“This study, which polled 1,508 Americans between 13 and 64, reveals that light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep,” said Dr. Charles Czeisler, a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in a statement. “Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need.”

If you’re restless at night and think watching a few YouTube videos will help ease your mind, think again. Even dimming the screen at night for those errant messages that come in will help prevent your mind from totally awaking and thus preventing you from going to sleep for the night.