Oct 29, 2012
How to Not Let Your iPhone Distract You
So you’re in a posh restaurant picked out by your very helpful secretary and your wife is sitting across from you looking at the menu. Suddenly, your iPhone rings and you see that it’s Barry, a friend and an officemate calling you in the dead of night, after office hours. Your wife looks up as you pick up the phone and asks, “Do you really need to answer that?” You think again and decided to let it go to voicemail.
As your dinner arrives Barry calls again, so despite your wife’s agitated face, you stand up to go outside the restaurant and answer the call. It turns out that Barry only wanted to ask if you managed to keep a certain reference file, which you don’t know the answer to being that you’re not in the office. What would make you want to sell iPhone 3GS all the more is that when you come back your wife is angry as a bull because you haven’t even greeted her with “Happy Anniversary” and yet you’re off to answer Barry’s call.
The major problem here is not Barry’s stupid call or your wife’s short temper. The real culprit here is you. You don’t own your iPhone. Your iPhone owns you. So how do you prevent this from happening again? I think the best advice I can offer right now is to tell you to either sell your iPhone or buy my iPhone 5. Why the latter option? Because apparently, the iPhone 5 is packed with features that will help you take control of your iPhone!
Aside from that, here are five things you should try to prevent your iPhone from interrupting your life:
1. Put some silence into your iPhone. Crank the ringer volume down to zero and turn off various alerts for SMS, MMS, Mails and Notifications. It’ll prevent you from disturbing the people you’re with.
2. Set a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. One of the iPhone 5’s great perks is that you can actually set a specific time where you will not be disturbed except by important people like your boss, your clients, your wife and your kids. This is perfect for when you’re finishing something or sleeping.
3. Block all interruptions especially during critical times. This can best be done using the Airplane mode where you cut yourself off from everyone else without having to turn off your iPhone completely. This feature is important for meetings with critical clients or for beating deadlines at work. But you don’t have to sell your iPhone for this because it’s often present on all smartphones.
4. Let unwanted calls go to voicemail or answer it with an SMS. You know you could have allowed Barry to go to voicemail several times. You also could have tapped on ‘Reply with Message’ on your iPhone 5 to tell Barry you were with your wife or you were busy. You could have also tapped on ‘Remind Me Later’ so you could remember to call Barry back after your wonderful dinner.
5. Prioritize the present. As they say, you have to live in the now. Don’t mess up amazing moments by answering the call. Remember that the people in front of you are more important than the person on the other line. So be polite and be present.