How To Eliminate The Noise (In Case You Needed A Reminder)

“You become what you give your attention to… If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will.” — Epictetus

Stop Consuming The News, Immediately!

I know, I know! You have to watch to see what happens.

Seek Out Your Daily Wins, First Thing In The Morning

One thing that happens to me when I get far too distracted by all the noise is that I lose my average level of productivity. Often, this leaves me irritated and beating myself up all night, knowing that I didn’t get the most important tasks of the day done.

Eliminate The Phone

During these times, I remind myself that my phone is here to serve me, not the other way around.

  • No checking my phone until noon unless I receive a phone call or text that’s urgent.
  • After work, from 5–8, leave my phone in my home office or any other room.
  • Stop looking at my phone by 930.

Take A Social Media Retreat

If you’ve read much of my stuff in the past, you’ll know I’m not big on social media in the first place. But, during these times, and when we try to take a refresher on eliminating noise, it’s even more important to limit this.

  • Place specific time limits and hours that social media is acceptable.
  • Look at only on days that are multiples of 3.
  • Never look at it before noon, or at least until you’ve devoured that frog.

Think Healthy

If you’re anything like me, by Friday of this week, I felt pretty run down. I stayed up too late one night, looked at my phone more than usual, watched more news than I have in the last six months, and probably sent 300 more texts than my weekly average.

  • Trade a few swipes down Facebook or Twitter with 10 minutes of an audiobook.
  • Swap texting with just calling a friend.
  • Instead of that greasy cheeseburger, eat a salad, or anything more nutritional. (This one is tough)
  • Eliminate 30 more minutes of nightly news by going to bed 30 minutes earlier.

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