An excerpt from my new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction recently went live on the TED Talks website! In case you’d like to read it, I’ve posted a snippet and a link to the full article below.
When your mind is even slightly resisting a task, it will look for novel things to focus on. And it doesn’t need to look far — only as far as your phone.
Our smartphones provide an endless stream of bite-sized, delicious information for our brains to consume. It’s easy to get hooked, even to feel addicted. And most of us would prefer not to feel this way. So last year, I started to hack my relationship with my phone, looking for small behavior changes I could make so that I would begin using my phone with intention, not automatically.
Here are 7 strategies I found useful to prevent phones from taking over our time and attention: