Recently I asked myself the question ‘Are your electronic devices serving you well?’ The answer was no and I chose to upgrade to a new desk top computer. I named him Charlie. So far we are getting along very well. Charlie is a lot faster than my old lap top. I like that.
However, initially I had to tell Charlie how I wanted things to be done. While all my e-mails, contacts and calendar information easily transferred onto Charlie, some of my favourite settings got lost in the shuffle.
Charlie dutifully alerted me to every e-mail that arrived in my in-box. After a few days of constant interruptions, I consulted the help function in my e-mail program. I found guidance on how to turn automatic alerts off. Now, Charlie knows not to bother me with these alerts. I like him that much more.
I am thankful for my re-gained focus. It is so much easier to work peacefully on one task at a time without constant interruptions through incoming mail alerts.
This little growing pain in my relationship with Charlie reminded me that most electronic systems’ default settings create interruptions in the flow of our work-day and personal lives.
While some people may benefit from these alerts, most would greatly benefit from turning the alert functions on their electronic devices off.
Are your electronic devices serving you as best as they can? If not, take a little time aside to choose the settings that serve your own needs best. This small investment of time will make a big difference.
Enjoy your re-gained focus!
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