Smartphone addiction solution - how to make your device less distracting?

Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywicki
Smartphone addiction solution - how to make your device less distracting?

Today we're going to talk about some strategies to make the smartphone less distracting and how to manage your mobile applications.

Topics from Vlog #17:
  • How to configure your smartphone so that it is less distracting?
  • Why you should leave on your smartphone only the applications that have a human on the other side?
  • Grayscale mode- what is it ?

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First step: turn off all notifications.

We're going to talk today about how to configure your smartphone so that it is less distracting because, as you know, I recommend ditching the smartphone altogether, but if you for a reason, want to stay with the smartphone because you like the maps on your smartphone, on the camera, then I think some strategies to make the smartphone less distracting will be appreciated. Let's find out.

What is cool is that you can configure each smartphone this way, even very old Android phones, you can configure it that way so that your smartphone is less distracting.

So how to configure your smartphone to avoid notifications and to avoid distractions? Well, I said that, first of all, turn off all notifications, because if you don't want your smartphone to be distracting then don't let it distract to you.

Random shot while sitting in a caffe with my 10 year old son Andrej.
Photo by Zoran Zonde Stojanovski / Unsplash

The second one should probably be to put your smartphone in grayscale mode.

The colors are very vibrant on your smartphone screen, are chosen in such a way to make you look at this smartphone more often than you would like to.

If you make your smartphone deliberately less interesting and less colorful, you will be inclined less to check it and you want to limit the distractions on your smartphone. So this is the way to go. You can go into the system settings on IOS and on Android, it's pretty simple and you turn on greyscale mode in Android or monochrome. It will make your smartphone pretty much greyscale. Not black and white, but the greyscale.

Close up of my eye
Photo by Bacila Vlad / Unsplash

The third and last step would be to leave on your smartphone only the applications that have a human on the other side.

So not Twitter and not Facebook and not social media, not LinkedIn, but rather all the communicators like messages like maybe an e-mail client but with notifications turned off. Maybe if it's messages or calls, it should be those from a VIP list, or maybe it should be one and only one messenger like WhatsApp and nothing else or sms and mms messages and nothing else do not end with 10 messaging platforms because it will distract you even if those humans on the other side. So rather it should be humans on the other side trying to contact you and for whom you care.

This is it, this is how you can configure your smartphone to avoid distractions.

This is pretty easy, don't you think? You can do it even today. Of course, you have also the alternative to ditch your smartphone, as I have done, and to buy something like the Punkt MPO1 or MP02, which is not so dumb because the MP02 has the possibility to be a Wi-Fi hotspot and to serve the Internet to your laptop, for example. This is pretty cool and is completely sufficient as far as I am concerned with my use of the Internet. Very heavy use, I should add.

Thank you very much for your attention.



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