|Optional Technology||Status||Notes||Operating Procedure|
|Scheduled||Use cellphone notifications as a queue||30mins at 9:30am and 8:30pm|
|Scheduled||Remove from phone||30mins at 9:30am and 8:30pm|
|Buffer||Open||Use to capture and share ideas|
|Personal email||Scheduled||Remove from phone||30mins at 9:30am and 8:30pm|
|Business email||Scheduled||Use cellphone notifications as a queue||30mins at 9:30am and 8:30pm|
|Work email||Limited||Remove from phone||Office hours only|
|Online Shopping (Amazon)||Limited||Remove from phone||Only necessary purchases|
|Slack||Limited||Remove from phone||Block after 5:00pm|
|Online banking||Limited||Remove from phone|
|Streaming(netflix)||Limited||Remove from phone||Cannot watch alone|
|Podcasts||Open||Listen on commutes|
|Text messaging||Limited||Disable notifications on laptop||Block for deep work|
|YouTube||Limited||Remove from phone||Not used for entertainment|
|Cell phone||Very Limited||Out of reach||30 min avg usage per day|
|Investing Apps||Banned||Remove from phone||Check monthly|
|Credit monitoring||Banned||Remove from phone||Check monthly|
|EverNote||Banned||Replace with pocketbook|
|Open||Unlimited access, rely on judgement on time spent|
|Scheduled||inaccessible until a specified time or only at a specified time|
|Limited||reduced convenience and access|
|Very Limited||reduced convenience and access, exercise willpower|
|Banned||prevented from accessing|
Scheduled usage of optional technology is used to prevent those technologies from creeping into your life and stealing your time and scattering your attention. Twitter, LinkedIn, personal email, business email, and online shopping fit into the category of low-quality leisure. These optional technologies are not required, but do provide value. The goal is to maximize the value and minimize the distraction caused by using them. To do so a schedule must be put in place. Specify a time when the tools become accessible or specify a time when you can use the tools.
low-quality leisure schedule examples:
# accessible after X time. Block usage until 8:00pm everyday of the week. # only accessible during X time. Only accessible during my lunch break.
- Keep these technologies off your cell phone
- Make these technologies hard to get to
- use website blocking browser extensions
- use application blocking software
- Understand these are optional technologies
- No one will die if you don't check Twitter.
- That email can wait from the recruiter.
- This isn't the best use of your time, fight the urge to be constantly connected.