Who’s smarter, you or your phone?
1 – Set the notifications of your favourite or the most regularly used icons to Allow Notification with no main screen banner, just a little red number in the top right corner of the icon will suffice.2 – Turn off the sounds and vibrates.3 – Put your phone in your pocket.
- It dictates what are your priorities, a decision it makes with no knowledge of what else you are doing.
- It especially will upset whoever you are with because you have effectively deemed something unknown as being more important than your current conversation. “Excuse me, I’ve got to take this.” The 7 (or 8) most condescending or demotivating words in the English language.
- You will now have to multitask and constantly re-organise priorities, wasting valuable time and energy on an unnecessary task when you could use that on completing your current task.
- Basically, you have made yourself inefficient.
Phase 2 is really simple. You decide when you look at your phone. When you have a few minutes scan through what you have received. There will be those messages that can be just deleted. There will be e-mails that you can respond to there and then and those requiring a more complex reply, send a quick response to the sender explaining how long before you will provide a comprehensive reply and schedule that work into your timetable.
1 - In no way does Sandi Toksvig recommend or endorse the Toksvig Technique for answering (or not) a smartphone. 2 - Other phone answering techniques are available.