I did something incredibly smart.
I have decided to share it with the world.
I have a smart phone. I hate my phone, but that's another post for another day. In fact, I would encourage you to eagerly anticipate the upcoming post about my utter contempt for this phone, because it will be full of blood and guts, violence and gore.
(The plan is this: when the iPhone5 is released, I will purchase one for Tony as a late birthday gift, and I'll take his "old" iPhone to replace this phone, which will not hold a charge longer than four hours, which creeps along like an 89-year old man with arthritis when asked to do the simplest task - say, one like, "Hey, little black phone. Please look up this phone number in your contacts.')
(I used to beg, I used to plead and say nice things and treat it well. I've given up. It hates me, I hate it and we are breaking up as soon as something better comes along. Which is the iPhone 5.)
(Sorry, I lost my train of thought.)
(What I meant to say was that when we get a new phone, I'm going to pulverize this one. And take photos. Or maybe even video. And I'll post it here.)
(I'm sure you can't wait.)
Anyway, here is the smart thing I did with my smart (but hated) phone:
I turned off all email and Facebook notifications.
In fact, I deleted the FB app.
Now, I can still access any of this info (if the phone cooperates). But I do it on my time, at my request, when I make time to pay attention.
I cannot convey the way this has changed my life. I have regained some control; I don't feel constantly distracted and interrupted - which inevitably led to feelings of inadequacy and being overwhelmed by stuff-I-need-to-do-or-haven't-done-and-have-no-idea-how-I'll-get-done.
It's the little things, people.
Give it a try.