Since my, what my friend calls it, my Kundalini awakening, I've been speaking with a lot of my friends. I'm so grateful that I've already been able to inspire at least 5 people to read The Alchemist, which changed my life: SEE HERE
I just want to list some of the things that I did to start to remove distractions so that I could recognize the signs that were being shown to me.
1. TURN OFF NOTIFICATIONS: I turned off my notifications from my phone lock-screen. Now the only notifications I get are the little red dot w/ the number on each app. I found myself going to Facebook or Twitter randomly when I had maybe 5 seconds to spare from doing something. I found myself getting frustrated with myself, saying "Why do you have to look at FB every 5 seconds? NO ONE ELSE HAS POSTED ANYTHING, and if they did, why do you care so much?"
When I turned off the notifications I noticed that I, SHOCKINGLY, had more time. hahaha what a concept.
2. DON'T GRAB PHONE IN MORNING: I do not immediately grab my phone in the morning. I used to wake up, grab my phone while still in bed and start checking emails, FB, twitter... etc and THEN I would get up. WRONG - for me... Now, I may not even plug in my phone to charge overnight. If it's dead in the morning then it's actually better because then I have to wait to let it charge before I can access anything.
I'm actually getting better at it now. I wake up, go to bathroom... brush teeth... grab some coffee...sit down...think....relax... THEN I look at my phone. My goal is to get better at this, and I know that will come but I definitely feel better.
3. DELETE APPS: Now as an app company owner, this would be something that I wouldn't want to happen to my own app, but if it's not serving it's purpose then that's just something I'll have to deal with on my own. In any event, I figured that when I scroll through the screens on my phone there were apps that I wasn't using and even simply by reading the app name or using brainpower to decipher the app icon, it just wasn't conducive to me being more productive for the day.
4. CUT-OFF PHONE TIMES: I now give cut-off times when I'm on the phone with someone and I notice them rambling. I'm so grateful for everyone who has reached out to me wishing me well. There have been some people who I've talked to on the phone and they give me an update on their lives and I found myself having to give them a time limit. Now I didn't do this in a BAD or RUDE way, but when I've been talking to you for an hour and you talk in circles about the same drama and negative energy, then I've got to cut you off. I'm now okay with saying that my time is valuable and because my brain moves so quickly, If I'm missing signs then I'm going to feel it...physically. So, I'll say to someone, "ok I can talk for 5 more minutes" or "ok we've got 10 minutes"
5. DON'T RUN FOR CHARGER: If my phone is dying, I take that as a sign that I need to move on to something else. That's a simple one... I will still go charge my phone but I no longer run with cord in hand and plug in the phone. I simply say, "Ok this means that it's time to move on to another project than whatever I was doing on my phone... and that's okay."
6. AIRPLANE MODE - is the best thing for me. When I want to "check out" I simply put my phone on airplane mode. We all get a lot of text messages & notifications and alerts etc etc. And while we should respond to them in one shape or form, it doesn't always have to be done IN THAT MOMENT. So sometimes when I know that I need to get something done, I just put my phone on airplane mode. Sometimes it's just for 5 minutes, other times it's for an hour. We all know the feeling when you get a text message from someone or see an alert and you think about THAT for a couple of seconds... well, I no longer have a couple of seconds to give.
7. UNSUBSCRIBE - I'm one of those people who cannot have the little red # icon show up on my phone. That doesn't go for all of my apps, but it definitely goes for the 1st screen when I unlock my phone. So knowing that and in trying to free up some spare time for my brain to think, I truly began unsubscribing from all of the nonsense that was being sent my way.
Now I'm pretty good at unsubscribing anyway. If I have 15 emails in the morning that may be A LOT because I've vetted out the companies who I receive stuff from. But the newletters and things where I say, "I'll get to this later" I just unsubscribe because I never get to them later. If they are THAT important then I can deal with it in that moment.
I didn't do this to simply clean up my inbox, but I did this because MY TIME IS VALUABLE.