Why Do Your Best Ideas Come In The Shower?
Hugo Gernsback designed “The Isolator” to avoid distractions when writing. It was a wooden mask with eye cuts and an oxygen pipe for breath. He was trying to get rid of the noise of the cars, ringing phones, doorbells. He is lucky not to see today’s world. We live in a visual and auditory distractive world.
Today we are slaves to technology. Every minute, we get notifications from our mobile phone or P.C. Mails, instant messages, social media, reminders, and alerts distract us from focus. Writing a two-paragraph email without distraction is nearly impossible. These notifications trigger our reptile brain. When we hear the sound of notification, we start to fight with uncertainty. We can not resist not checking it. A voice in your brain tells you what if it is crucial. What if you miss something. Fear of missing out ( FOMO) takes control of your soul, and you check your phone or email.
I have three simple pieces of advice for you.
Close all of your notifications.
Go to the settings of your phone page and close all! Get rid of being managed by notifications. Instead, check your phone or mail whenever you want. Take control of your time.
Stop thinking that you are multitasking.
Because you are not multitasking. When you write an email, answer your instant message, and prepare a presentation, you are not splitting your time into the three. Instead, you are breaking your time to five.
Give yourself small targets to keep.
I won’t check my mail for fifteen minutes. I will leave my phone at my worktable when eating my lunch. I won’t open Twitter or Instagram until I have finished this post.
I know it is not easy, as I said. But please think just for five minutes. (if you can go without distractions.) Taking control of your time gives you to choose what you want to do. If you can not control your time, someone will do it for you. Ask yourself why your best ideas come in the shower. Because you are alone and you are away from your phone. The only thing you can do when you take a shower is listen to yourself.
If you want to grow in business, become a great writer, or change your life’s direction, “focus” is the key. The day you avoid distractions and achieve being focused, you will succeed.
P.S. This post is written with the help of a “no notification policy” and a blocking website application.