Slavery to the iPhone
There’s an insurance company that, at its own risk, pays its employees $500 to get a full, 7-hour-night’s sleep. Not while at work, unfortunately, but at home, and they check their sleep with the help of tracking devices. I wouldn’t have earned a penny working for this company. I’m not able to fall asleep as it is, and now you’re being tracked. So if something wakes you up, you’ll panic at the thought of getting paid only $490 now.
I’d toss and turn with this tracker until morning, although I do the same without a tracker. I blame the flat pillow.
However, the idea of getting paid to sleep is beautiful. Some companies have begun to realize that the better the employee feels, the better it is for everyone. Profits are also heightened.
I somehow happened to work for a company that even had sleeping rooms. During the lunch break, you’d kill just to fall asleep on the couch for a half-hour, but truthfully I just tossed and turned. Under lock and key, I sleep even worse. And to walk into the sleeping room with someone else was not acceptable.
Now, such a room is difficult to imagine. At the time, there were no smartphones. Now, instead of sleeping at the workplace, everyone would rather immediately climb into their phone. It’s the same at home, even at night. And in the morning. And at dusk.
Let’s read some scary survey data.
One out of every three people grab their phone once every 6 minutes, or more often, and are not able to focus on one task for more than 10 minutes.
Don’t you think this is already a catastrophe?
Half the respondents, including managers, will switch from one task to another, taking up to 20 minutes. More than half admitted that without a phone they can only be at home for 10 minutes to 3 hours maximum, and 42% surf the internet for up to 3 hours to “relax”.
That same half (or other half) spends 3 hours or more in their spare time on social networks and instant messengers. 75% start their mornings checking the news feeds on social networks, or messages in mail services or instant messengers.
What’s to be done? It’s possible to read (instead of actually working) hundreds if not thousands of articles on the topic of “what’s to be done”, but the problem remains.
Any method of dealing with distractions, even the most ingenious, will eventually reduce to one thing: don’t be distracted! No one else can do it for you. Don’t pretend to be an innocent victim when you’re your own judge and executioner. Work on a task without being distracted – that’s the great secret.
The only valuable nugget that I’ve managed to mine out of a ton of psychological ore is the simple Pomodoro Technique. Work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break (see who “liked” your posts), and then work for another 25.
Gadget slavery is a voluntary thing, and the path to freedom is always open. Like when someone has problems with their eyes, but puts off doing something about it for seven months.
So what should you do? You have two options:
- For seven more months, read about how others cope with this problem and what tricks they resort to in order to postpone calling the doctor
- Call the doctor