Offline and happy – tools I can’t live without

1. ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION

A few tips in general:

I’m in active mode (I go online when I want to), I’m not reactive (notifications to pay attention to something) – I’m not a firefighter

Check and reply routine – I use all soc networks, emails and communicators as much as possible in my browser (www.messenger.com and web.whatsapp.com) and I go there from time to time in dedicated blocks.

Chocolate rule – I also enjoy and attract me online. I approach it like chocolate – either I have it at my disposal and I can endure it, I still don’t hang there (discipline and will), or I prevent access to it (various blockages and obstacles) and at the same time I accept that I am just there sometimes.

I have the ringer turned off, I only turn it on when I’m waiting for a call, otherwise I call back. This protects my attention to current activity.

I have turned off all notifications and the number of notifications for application icons except sms and calls. This protects my attention to current activity.

I’m using snooze emails in Gmail. This slows down communication, which is not urgent

I use the Unread folder instead of All in Gmail mobile app. In the field, I only see new emails that may be urgent.

I don’t have social networking app icons on my mobile home screen. So that they don’t just distract me, I’m also wondering if anyone is writing.

Tools for laptop:
Kill News Feed – browser extension, blocking Facebook newsfeed, keeping focused (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kill-news-feed/hjobfcedfgohjkaieocljfcppjbkglfd?hl=en)

Momentum – browser extension, keeping focused (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/momentum/laookkfknpbbblfpciffpaejjkokdgca?hl=en) or https://momentumdash.com/ (set as home page, nothing needs to be installed)

Boomerang – browser extensions, pausing incoming mail, maintaining concentration (https://www.boomeranggmail.com/)

2. OVERVIEW OF MOBILE TIME AND ITS BLOCKING

Android tools:
Digital balance / wellbeing – measures the time spent on the mobile phone (from android version 10 in the settings, otherwise it is necessary to download from Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.wellbeing&hl=en_US)

Offtime – blocks social networks (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.offtime.kit)

IPhone tools:
Screen time function – measures the time spent on the mobile phone (in Settings)

Sleep Time feature in Screen Time – blocks access to applications on a schedule

Do Not Disturb function (Settings -> Display and brightness) – blocks notifications and notifications according to a time schedule

3. ELIMINATION OF BLUE LIGHT

Dark mode wherever possible. It saves eyes.

iPhone (Settings -> Display and Brightness)
Gmail in the browser
FB Messenger
WhatsApp

Tools for laptop:
Flux – eliminates blue light (https://justgetflux.com/) or a native Windows 10 function Night screen

Android tools:
Twilight – eliminates blue light (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux&hl=en)

iPhone tools:
Night shift – eliminates blue light (Settings -> Display and brightness)

4. PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY

5. OTHER