I’ve been doing some research on what it means to be a professional creative and create one’s own ideal workspace. I’ve learned, over the years, that I am the type of person that requires minimal amounts of distraction. So I customized my notifications to only notify me of things that I feel are relevant and this helped me in my creative process for a while. But this alone isn't enough because no matter where I go or who I am with, my cell phone could go off any minute. The quickest way for me to get off track is when my phone inevitably goes off.
Listening to Austin Kleon’s talk about How To Keep Going he made a point about Airplane Mode is not only a feature but a way of life. I decided to put this idea into practice and it has worked so well. It helps me regain focus and traction on my projects, especially now that I am responsible for my own deadlines. Beyond this, it has given me the time to process things in my life and attitude that might be standing in the way of my goals.
Technology is a great and mighty tool. It connects us to others not just nationally but globally. It also allows us to share ideas, teach, learn, and explore our world. The first collaboration video I worked on was due to meeting someone online that I would have otherwise never have known. Lately, push notifications have been less about keeping us out of our phones and computers and more about letting businesses interrupt our day with their agendas as wired discussed in their article.
Ideas are generated by connecting two seemingly unrelated things and looking at things differently. This requires focus and energy. When we have our phones always on and always pinging us about every little thing we don't give out minds the time of day to allow ideas to incubate. That is why Airplane Mode isn't just a feature on your phone to allow one to be polite and courteous. It's also an excellent way to free ourselves, dig in deep into our goals, and accomplish great things.