Occasionally making yourself inaccessible is essential to boosting focus. A survey found that always being reachable – checking emails during off days, scrolling through social media, responding to texts 24/7 – is associated with higher stress levels. This is known as “continuous partial attention,” a state of alertness largely driven by FOMO.
Need reasons to part with your devices?
• Doing so allows the brain to make space for more creative moments.
• Focusing intensely for 45 minutes, then taking a 15 minute break, allows for peak productivity.
• With advance planning and self-control, a 24-hour break will help you feel calmer.
– Morgan Fayard, The Atlanta 100