Disappearing Act: Creating More Alone

Solitude is of out most important ingredient of productivity. I feel as if I produce the most once I create my working environment. It consists of laptop, music and room without other people. My desk doesn’t have anything on it. It’s minimalistic heaven. There is nothing redundant, nothing that can dismay me from my thoughts.

Solitude indeed is a bliss for work

One of my habits that people learned to absolutely hate about me, and I learned to absolutely love regards the mobile phone. I love keeping it on silent. Almost always. Life feels better! Interruptions do not exist and you feel the flow of your life more intensely. There is no beeping noise that is going to let you know that you got a text message, or that someone mentioned you on Twitter. No beep to let you know that your Facebook friends are letting you know what new kind of Game they are playing.

It’s good to that extent that life feels as life again

After a while people get used to it. You call them, sometimes not. But you are in control. And I notice that more and more people do that. Personally I even refrain from using a phone. I don’t want to push people out of the rythm. Even when my phone is on, text messages aren’t. There is never anything important going on with text messages.

If it’s urgent person would call you via the phone in the first place

At first it might seem strange, especially for generation Y, but even baby boomers and generation X are affected by this. All of us have at least a smartphone.  I am not sure is it me and my circle of friends, but more and more of us are just becoming numb to notifications to that extent that we don’t even pay attention to them anymore.

I love to keep them off, because my iPhone just looks clean without those red badges popping out

Have you ever considered taking control of what kind of notifications end up in your stream? Have you wondered how many times a day you get distracted? Email is a little baby compared to our smartphones in terms of interruption. Constant state of connection is allowing us benefits we never imagined before, but living and checking your phone every moment are two different things.

Don’t get me wrong, I am too addicted to my phone…

…but when I start working, I am certain I don’t want to have interruption. I went to that level, that I know for a fact that nothing will let me know what’s going on on the web. Nothing will pollute my environment with a sound. Nothing will affect my environment with a big red badge. It’s going to be, as if nothing happened.

Until I decide to see, what’s going on

Also I love how I always keep the screen of my iPhone down. It’s down, so I can’t see if anyone called me, or if anyone sent me a text message. It’s Zen Like when you don’t know if the screen is flashing or there’s nothing on it. So you always assume there is nothing on it. And it cleans your mind.

More often than not, there is nothing on your phone.

So how do you handle your smart phone in the era of distractions? Do you keep it on silent as I do, or you want to know what is going on the minute it happens?


  1. says

    “Also I love how I always keep the screen of my iPhone down. It’s down, so I can’t see if anyone called me”

    This is just like me. It’s not enough to have your phone muted, you have to make sure the flashing screen is not capturing your attention either.


  2. Andrew Clews says

    Excellent article. I have turned off all notifications, except text messages as that’s the way my Wife and I communicate when she is working away.
    I started this practice when I was working in an office, before starting our own business. People were amazed that I weren’t permanently checking and re-checking email. As you say though, the world did not end!
    I have realised, since working from home with young children here, I too need to be in a room, on my own, alone!