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July 6, 2023


14 minutes

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A Deep Discussion about Dealing with Digital Distractions

Buzz, buzz, buzz. It’s not a bee, but it’s equally as distracting—it’s another digital notification that’s pulling you away from your other priorities. Dealing with digital distractions is a daily dedication, but one we all must definitely deal with.

Show Notes

What are digital distractions?

  • Pings
  • Rings
  • Beeps
  • Buzzes
  • The constant stream of notifications that break our concentration

What are some examples?

  • Email notifications
  • Slack pings
  • Text messages
  • Phone calls
  • Status updates
  • Social media notifications
  • App badges
  • News alerts
  • Amber alerts

Why are these problematic?

  • They break our focus and keep us in shallow work
  • People can’t really multi-task like we think we can
  • It keeps us pulled toward the urgent rather than the important
  • They’re major time wasters

When should we be wary of distractions?

  • During meetings
  • During important work blocks
  • Before bed
  • During meal times
  • When spending time with people who matter

Why does this matter in marketing?

  • Because we’re competing for people’s attention with these distractions
  • Because often these distractions are also marketing messages

How do we deal with digital distractions?

  • Go on Focus mode (in a Mac)
  • Turn off certain notifications
  • Schedule time to check email and social accounts
  • Set up timers for certain time-wasting apps
  • Leave your phone in another room
  • Take regular tech-free breaks during the day
  • reMarkable, Kindle Scribe, clarity breaks
  • Keep a “mind like water” so you can clear your head a bit more