When in doubt, disconnect.
What if by spending more time offline, you could actually become MORE productive?
Airplane mode lifestyle
Live more in airplane mode.
This is my takeaway after 2-3 years of not owning a phone:
Phones are the ultimate productivity tool, but it seems to have constant internet connectivity is a “net negative”.
Treat your phone like a mini-tablet. Ideally you would own a phone without a data/phone plan, and you only used it with WiFi.
For example, I got an old iPhone 6S plus from my friend (cracked screen, broken home button, and dead battery). I brought it to Vietnam, and got all the parts fixed for only $100. Now it’s like I got a brand new iPad mini mini. I am using it a lot to read books (iBooks), to write (iA writer — what I’m using to write this), and even shooting photos with the “Calla” film simulation app (tons of fun). Also when I have WiFi, I can blog from the phone.
- Use the “Freedom” Mac app to disconnect your WiFi access on your laptop to be more productive.
- Regularly switch your phone to airplane mode if you’re not using it.
- Charge your phone in a separate bedroom at night (don’t sleep with your phone in your bedroom).
Or when in doubt,