I discovered using “airplane mode” for personal/work reasons by accident. I was trying to film the planner tour from my phone, but texts and notifications kept interrupting me. It occurred to me to put my phone on airplane mode to stop notifications, but then I forgot to put it back on for a few hours after I finished the video. Those were some of the most productive hours ever.
I know there are all sorts of apps out there to help us manage our time, if we let them. However we do it, I think it is important that we are not always available. I think it’s important that we allow ourselves “airplane mode” when we need to take a minute to ourselves or really focus on something for a while.
The excuse I could hear is “what if my kid needs me?” Well, what if? I’m not saying that we should never be available and have airplane mode on all the time. I am saying that we each deserve some quiet, focused time every day. We risk missing something once in a while, but it will be okay. We can’t live in emergency-expecting-mode 24/7. Give yourself permission to be unavailable.
We need time without texts and notifications. We need a second to sit with our thoughts without interruptions. Or to get some work done or a project done without interruptions.
If you’re doing the declutter challenge, give yourself a little uninterrupted time to get things done. You’ll work twice as fast and get way more done. Be unavailable!