A Gentle Approach To Reducing Distraction

A Gentle Approach To Reducing Distraction

The other day I popped onto social and asked, “what surprises you the most about working from home?”

Well, my DMs were filled with how easily you get distracted when you work from home. 

I’m no different.

I’ve been there, where I thought “wait a minute I’ve been working all day…why haven’t I accomplished anything? 

I can soooo easily fall into distraction too and I’m always experimenting with ways to make it easier.

Here’s the latest thing I’ve found that has been surprisingly helpful. 

It’s super simple and deceptively easy.  Drum roll, please…….🥁🥁🥁

Put your phone on greyscale. 📱☎📱

Yup, that’s it.

I found this by accident and thought I would give it a try.

I don’t get lost in my Instagram or Facebook feed as easily as I used to.  Yes, I check what’s going on, but I no longer look up from my phone and realize I just lost 20 minutes. I look, and then I move on. It’s like the magic is gone.

On the other side, it’s weird trying to take a photo and post a story, because I can’t tell what colour anything is any more. So, I toggle it back so I don’t end up with a colourful mess.

Here’s what to do if you’ve got an iPhone and you want to try it out.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Color Filters: On > Grayscale

Android phones have a similar function in their accessibility set up too.

At the same time, I found an entire community of people who take this approach. It’s called “Go Gray”.  There are lots of opinion pieces on how this one move has reduced phone addiction, or “twitchy phone checking”. 

The simplest reason this approach works is that we’re simply animals excited by bright colours.  🐵

Distraction, like multitasking, can make us feel like we are “so busy” but the result is that we’re not productive. 

If you are easily distracted try going grey for a few days and see what happens.


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