Want more FOCUS? Do these 6 things on your phone and laptop

We’re constantly distracted by our phones and computers.

It’s bad for us.

And it’s bad for those around us….

man with distracted by phone at busstop with boy

A lot of us try to blame technology.

But technology is not the problem.

You know who’s fault it is…..?

Our brains.

Our brains are wired to pay more attention to that which is different, new, and that which stands out.

And that worked great for our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

But the world has changed.

If you want to build a business and help the world, you need FOCUS to get your shit done.

You need a Lion’s mind.

One that can focus for long stretches of time on 1 thing and that doesn’t run after every distraction it sees.

Here’s 6 things I do to protect my ATTENTION and FOCUS:

If you want to do this too, follow the steps below:

1. Turn off notifications on your phone

๐Ÿ“ฑ This works for mobile.

      • It’s easiest to just delete time sucking apps like Facebook and Instagram from your phone and only use them on your desktop/laptop.That way, you’re free from notifications on your phone.

        If that’s too drastic for you (it shouldn’t be):

        Check out how to disallow notifications on your phone so they don’t distract you during the day and you don’t spend costly minutes and energy swiping through your news feeds.

      • You should at least get a distraction free “lock screen”.Or just totally disallow notifications from apps at all so you’ll only see if there is any news once you open an app yourself (without it blinking with a red notification bubble)
        no more lock screen notifications
        this should never be your phone when you pick it up
        this is how to disallow notifications on your iPhone lock screen
        how to disallow notifications on iphone lock screen
        this is how to disallow notifications at all on an iPhone
        and this is how to disallow notifications at all on an iPhone
      • Most important time sucking and distracting notifications are from apps like:
        • WhatsApp
        • Facebook
        • Instagram
        • Snapchat
        • YouTube
        • Netflix
        • SMS (Messages)
        • Calls (Phone)But everyone has their own apps that steal away their time.

          Candy Crushers for example…. you know I’m talking about you.

          So go through your own apps and see for yourself which ones are important to you.

          Remember:

          It’s way easier to just DELETE the aforementioned apps from your phone.

          But if you’re not ready for that, make sure you DISALLOW NOTIFICATIONS so you don’t get distracted by them during your day.

2. Don’t get trapped in the newsfeeds of social media

๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป This works only work for laptops/desktop.

If you use a laptop, this is a huge help.

It’s harder to control our attention on smartphones which is why I prefer to just delete those apps from my phone.

I do use social apps but only on a separate phone that never goes in my pocket and just stays in a drawer at home.

On my laptop I use the following Chrome extensions to help me stay focused and fight distraction:

      • Use News Feed Eradicator for Facebook to get a Facebook experience where you are not sucked into the newsfeed because it shows you only a single quote instead of your news feed.
        Facebook News Feed Eradicator - Hans Kolbeek
      • Use Twitter Newsfeed Eradicator for blocking the Twitter timeline so you can post a tweet or message someone without getting sucked into random Twitter threads in your timeline.
        news feed eradicator for twitter - hans kolbeek
      • Use LinkedIn Newsfeed Eradicator for blocking the LinkedIn feed so you can post an update or message people without getting sucked into the news feed.
        linkedin news feed eradicator

3. Get out of the YouTube rabbit hole

  • Use Distraction Free for YouTube to get a clean YouTube experience (with no autoplay, comments, suggestions or related videos).Now you’ll only watch what YOU want to watch.Not what YouTube’s algorithm comes up with for you to watch.
    Distraction Free YouTube - hans kolbeek

4. Unfollow a lot of people and businesses on Instagram and Twitter and engage more intensely with those left

๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป This works for mobile and desktop.

      • Go to your “Following” tab on Instagram and/or Twitter.Unfollow A LOT of the accounts you are following that are not critical to your inspiration or relation management.

        Think: “Will I DO something with what this person is tweeting?” If the answer is “no”, you unfollow.

        You’re only really taking action on people’s advice like 1/100th of the time anyway. You’re just consuming.

        So unfollow a lot.

        This way you can calm down your news feed and engage more intensely with the people and brands you really love.

5. Turn off push notifications

๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป This works for mobile and desktop.

      • Block all browser notifications so you won’t get interrupted by push notifications from websites that want you to visit their site.
        If you’ve already allowed some, go to your Settings in Chrome to add them to your block list.

        block browser push notifications - hans kolbeek
        Click “BLOCK”

        block mobile browser push notification

6. Clean out your email inbox and subscriptions

๐Ÿ“ฑ ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป This works for mobile and desktop.

Use Unroll.Me to:

      • Unsubscribe from lots of newsletters at once
      • Roll up several emails in 1 email
      • Leave them in your inbox as they are

I’ve unsubscribed from 494 emails since using this tool.

And I’ve added 252 emails to my rollup so they come in only once a day instead of spread out over the day.

Only 70 emails go straight to my inbox when the emails are sent (for example payment confirmations, order tracking info and anything else that is time relevant).

7. BONUS: Do the same OFFLINE

Good.

Now do the same in your OFFLINE life.

Take out all the bullshit and unhealthy habits and negative people from your life.

Except the few people you can’t just cut out, some family/partner/friends/coworkers/bosses etc.

Now look at them and see the reason they are triggering you is because they are placed before you so you can GROW and EVOLVE as a more complete human being.

That’s why you can’t just cut out all the negative people in your life.

Some of them stay so you can learn how to deal with them in a positive way and make you a BETTER person.

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