Hide your phone when you’re trying to work!

What is up everyone?!

Early today when I was surfing through the internet, I stumbled upon an article β—¨ written by Tim Herrera from The New York Times that I think is very educational and really informative.

Just like the title says, the article I found discusses how we should hide our phones whenever we’re trying to get something done. The point he’s trying to get across is how locking our phone in a drawer sometimes is the only way to get us all to be as productive as we want ourselves to be.

By the way, henlo there πŸ‘‹πŸ½ welcome to my personal blog!
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The article opens with a study that occurred in 2017, about how a mere presence of one’s own smartphones can reduce available cognitive capacity β€”in short, it’s a brain drain. 😨 The research found that even if your phone is turned off, and even if you’re actively and successfully ignoring it, its presence still will drain your brain from time to time. Worse still: the more you depend on your phone, the more your cognitive abilities suffer when it’s around.

What are cognitive abilities, you may ask? Those are brain-based skills that are needed in the acquisition of knowledge, manipulation of information, to even reasoning. They have more to do with the mechanisms of how people learn, remember, problem-solve, and pay attention rather than with actual knowledge. And this, my friend … this is the key factor for anyone who has difficulties in learning something new, or to study in general.

Cognitive science has provided many theories of how the mind works, and they have been of great interest to researchers who work in the empirical fields of brain science. Then there’s also cognitive functioning, which is a person’s ability to process thoughts, one’s ability to perform the various mental activities most closely associated with learning and problem-solving.

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I knew this for a fact already, but I found this crazy still … that for many people, smartphones have been the only reason why they’re incapable of learning something new.

It seems that smartphones have taken over many duties in our lives, to the point where they now occupy portions of our attentional capacity. There have been many studies that prove how the regular smartphone and computer users, who physically take a break from using their devices, have an increase in available cognitive capacity.

This proven theory could fix the problem of how many people still having the light anxious about how they could be missing the notifications from their phone. But now, it can be concluded that creating a distance between our smartphones and ourselves, is probably the best way to make sure we won’t have anxiety over whatever we might be missing on it.

Because unfortunately, only turning on the do not disturb πŸ“³ or the airplane mode won’t really save us from all the bad things that happen to our brains, consciously or not.

And believe it or not, these negative things I just mentioned are only the things that I can grab from one study. Whereas in this article, Tim Herrera also mentions other studies as well, such as one that occurred in 2014, which explains how taking notes on a laptop rather than writing them out longhand, impairs learning because their use results in shallower processing, then adding also that laptop note takers’ tendency to transcribe lectures verbatim rather than processing information and reframing it in their own words, which is detrimental to learning.

β–  Let’s get through this.

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What I really want to share with you is what I think the four main ideas that Tim has done to get around this dilemma. These are a few steps of which maybe we could apply to our work and study routine, so we can be more productive and use our time more effectively.

  1. First, you have to be aware of how much our conscious thoughts are occupied by our devices, especially our smartphones. This awareness to not mind your electronic devices also must be maintained even when we’re not using it, since we have learned now that it still can exhaust your brain even when it’s turned off.
  2. Second, the new habit. From now on, you might want to try to take your unused devices out of your sight and reach, and keep it so while you need to be productive and effective in working or studying.
  3. Third, consider taking notes by hand from now on β€”if possible that is. Remember, many studies show that writing with the traditional pen and paper increases the speed of your process of learning!
  4. Last but not least, is to never give up! Even before we decide to do it, we all know that reducing the use of smartphones is extremely hard, and it will definitely take time.

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Hi frens, my name is nesha.Β I’m an idiot blogger / WordPress fanatic, who from time to time likes to share his thoughts on how the world works! If this is the first time we meet, then nice to meet you, happy to see you here! πŸ€“

Earlier today, I just created the category called Random things that I found online 🌼 which later will be filled with stuff that I think is worth a share, such as featuring this one great article by Tim Herrera, which of course I have found it very helpful in teaching me something of a better outlook and mental attitude. I hope his feature here can help you to get more productive in life, too.

Next, I will find things to share that are fun and useful, I will give my thought on it, and definitely share it with you guys. Until then, I’ll keep my curious mind open for wonderful ideas and hidden gems of knowledge flying all around the world. Thank you very much for reading this blog post, and I’ll see you in the very next one!

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20 thoughts on “Hide your phone when you’re trying to work!

  1. Very informative. I’ve tried putting my phone in another room but I always can’t fight the urge of going to check for missed calls and notifications. It’s possible though. Good post

  2. I often do this. It does help 😁.

    I remember a video of a dude showing a box with a timer lock. You put your phone there and can’t open the box until the time ends. No keys, no nothing. I would proly be more anxious thinking I might get an important or emergency call and won’t be able to answer it πŸ™ƒ

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