Everyone has a routine at work that helps keep them focused and moving forward throughout the day. Maybe you work a few hours, have a snack in the breakroom, work a little bit more and then get to eat lunch outside. You can push through those documents you dread because you know exactly when you’ll get to do something you look forward to. Productivity problem, solved.
Except, not really. While you’re going through your daily routine, you may have your phone next to you, constantly chirping when you get notifications and providing easy access to quick 10-minute distractions. Sure, you could punch a few more numbers into that spreadsheet, but you’ve worked for a full hour — so browsing through Facebook really fast couldn’t hurt anything, could it?
Phones are one of the biggest ways people get distracted at work and let their productivity drop. The battle between your brain and your phone is a constant one, and a hard one to win. It’s not like you can just leave it at home. You make calls on it and need it in case of an emergency. It’s not easy to ignore when it’s right next to you all day either.
To help you put the phone down, read up on some reasons why defeating your phone addiction will help you be more productive at work and feel better about yourself overall. It’s worth trying, even if it takes a few days to break the habit of swiping that screen on while you’re clocked in.
You’ll Sleep Better
When you’re going to bed at the end of the day, the last thing you probably do is plug in your phone. You might even use it for a while before finally turning it off and hitting the hay. While that might help you relax, having a bright screen that close to your eyes can cause you to have a harder time falling asleep. The light causes your body to not produce the melatonin you need to fall asleep, which will keep you tossing and turning.
Putting your phone down at work will help you put it down at night. You’ll find yourself sleeping better and waking up more refreshed, which will make you feel more focused when you sit down and start to work.
Your Mental Health Could Improve
When you use your phone at work, you might try to justify it by saying you’ve earned this break or that it’ll help relax your mind so you can focus on work better. In reality, your phone might be doing the opposite. Using your phone frequently can both hurt and help your mental health, depending on how it’s done. Not using your phone could help you not only accomplish more tasks, but also be a better socializer.
Hearing the familiar ding of a notification is all you need to reason with yourself that you should check your phone because it might be for something important. It could be that email you’re waiting on or a big news alert. If you put your phone on silent until it’s time to look at it again — like at lunch or after you get off — you won’t feel pressured to check it because there won’t be any notification sounds going off.
Emails Will Wait
You might have your email open at work, but chances are good that you have multiple email accounts you keep up with. You probably have at least one for work and one that’s personal. Even if the email you get a notification for is junk mail, you’ll want to open that app and delete it. Is it really that important? Probably not. Just by turning off notifications for your emails, you’ll avoid one of the biggest distractions you face every day.
You’ll Actually Remember Things
Lots of people like to make to-do lists on their phones, since they’re always in their pockets and aren’t as easy to lose as a sticky note or piece of paper. However, being on your phone all the time could cause you to hurt your memory without meaning to. It’s been proven that just by having information constantly accessible, we damage our memory on a daily basis. So put that phone down and answer your next question by looking it up in a book or asking someone for help.
You’ll Remove the Idea of Distractions
Not that your phone is the only way you could possibly get distracted during work, but since it may be the main source, turning it off or putting it on silent will help keep away the possibility of losing your focus. Since studies have shown that just by having your phone within sight you’re more likely to be distracted, it’s probably best to put it away.
If you’ve noticed yourself struggling to stay focused at work lately, it’s probably got a lot to do with having your cellphone at your desk. Do you frequently check your email on your mobile device or find yourself scrolling through apps you didn’t even realize you’d opened? It’s probably time for you to look into how you can unplug yourself from your phone.
By putting your phone on silent or keeping it out of sight altogether, you’re guaranteed to increase your productivity. Without the constant distractions a phone can provide, you’ll get more work accomplished while you’re at your desk. You could also help your own mental health and get a little better at socialization while you’re at it.
It’s worth a shot if you think that turning off your phone could help improve your work life. There will always be time later to check out your favorite apps and connect with your friends. While you’re on the clock, focus on giving your best work so you can be at the top of your game all day long.