If there is anything such as a list of things with the highest tendency of causing distractions anywhere, it will be the personal mobile phone on top of the list. As a matter of fact, a study confirms that workers acknowledge that their mobile phones distract them more than their worries. This is probably why most offices have a ‘no mobile phones’ policy in some areas of work.
Nonetheless, many people still think they can handle the distraction. So, they keep their phones with them and also use it for some ‘seemingly few seconds’ which ends up being an hour or more. If you are one of these people, you should definitely read this article. Here are some reason why you should keep your phones away at work.
It reduces your productivity – This should not be rocket science, but since it’s a matter of psychology, it takes people a while to agree. So, if you really want to be productive at work, try to stay away from your phone for a couple of days, and to have it with you for a couple of days. Then compare how much you were able to do with and without the phone. You would probably call it a coincidence or logically blame the difference on other factors, but do you know that when your phone back light comes up or when it vibrates, no matter how concentrated you are, you will be distracted? Facts remain that simply noticing vibration and light notifications will reduce your productivity for the day by 20% to 25%. If it continues consistently, it will reduce your long term productivity and affect your concentration.
Dopamine responds to the use of your phone – As you may already know, dopamine means the hormone responsible for excitement. It is pumped when you use your phone. So, if you suddenly get tired or stressed the slightest bit, instead of taking a short break to get a drink or just unwind with fresh air, the next thing you resort to is social media or a game, whatever you enjoy doing on your phone. While this will help you feel better, it does more damage by keeping you longer than you should take, and taking your attention off your assignment or goal. The dopamine rush can get you obsessed with your phone, which will be a bigger issue.
Your personal mobile might stop you from getting a break from work – This point is quite different from others. When you use your personal mobile phone at work, there is the chance that you will use it to receive mails, and memos from work. This means when you close from work, you still take work home with you. It shouldn’t be. You must take a break from work to be mentally healthy. This is why it is best to separate your personal mobile from your work mobile.
Don’t let your phone run or ruin your life for you. It is your possession, so be in charge.