How to minimize passive switches in your work day

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How many times per day does your phone interrupt you? Most would agree it is a frequent occurrence.

I recently discussed the two types of switches in our day with Patrick J. McGinnis (originator of the term “FOMO”) on his amazing podcast show, FOMO Sapiens. Passive switches—interruptions done to you, and active switches—when you interrupt yourself.

Your phone is a massive source of passive switches. It sends tons of notifications, from emails to game notifications. The goal is to take control by asking a simple question: Which of these are absolutely necessary? Then turn off the rest. For things like email, try scheduling a time in your calendar at a frequency that meets your needs instead.
How do you control your technology to minimize passive switches in your day?

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