Best Thing I Ever Did – Turn Off the Ding

I’ve written before about my email checking addiction. I thought I had it under control. But I was wrong. My constant phone/computer checking was making me crazy, jittery, unfocused.

Because, really, EVERY time the phone dinged, I HAD to check it. There was no option. I felt like Pavlov’s dog – no joke.

Well, in reality, it could’ve been an agent getting back to me. Or one of my critique partners. But what did I think was going to happen? That the email would somehow disappear or jump out of my inbox?

Then one day I woke up and decided to see how the day would go if I silenced the email notification on my phone.

You know – that ding that sounds every time you get a new email.

After the first hour of no dings, I was HOOKED. I’d had a breakthrough! The silence was WONDERFUL! And I was still receiving emails. And none of them disappeared.

It’s been about a month now and I’m much more focused. My rewriting and editing is no longer interrupted every few seconds – amazing what you can accomplish when you can focus on a task. I can hold a conversation without getting distracted. I can watch a football game without jumping up and missing a play. My kids have my full attention (usually) when they’re talking to me. And my husband no longer thinks I’m crazy (well, too crazy, anyway).

So if you’re feeling a bit frazzled but you can’t figure out why, I’d suggest turning off your ding for a while and seeing how it works for you.

Happy Writing!