I've been trying to drop w'app before, but still use it 40 minutes every day. I came from 60 minutes every day, but I removed all notifications last month, and that took off 20 minutes.
Today, I decided to totally drop it, forreals. Dropping WhatsApp means one less place to look through irrelevant stuff, and that can save a lot of time. I will probably still have some unproductive conversations every day, but since I remove whatsapp from my life, there are going to be less ways to get to them.
Important conversations on whatsapp the last month: none
Even for meeting people I didn't need whatsapp the past month.
I had a few meetings, but they went over or were arranged by other communication tools like skype, messenger, slack and e-mail. I'm certain that of all communication tools, whatsapp is by far the least productive and most procastrinative one.
I strongly believe in direct communication as opposed to chat because language is just a small fraction of the total message that comes across when communicating face-to-face. Chat, in its turn, is a small fraction of language: it are mere written words. Where are the tone, the body language, and the facial expressions? Right, in the real world.
Separation of concerns for control over time commitment
I want do be goal-oriented to be more productive at least 8 hours a day. My goals:
- make the app
- finish my last course for this year
- do client work
- get newsletter ready
My core activities I wish to completely separate from the less important stuff:
- deep, hard, goal oriented learning = Learn React
- deep, hard, goal oriented work = Code React, improve the report, Client transition to Ghost CMS, set up the news letter
Other activities that I wish to do on the side, after 8 hours of deep, hard, goal oriented work and learning:
- Soft learning (browsing through interesting stuff, reading interesting books)
- Talking (networking and socializing)
- Sharing (presentation making, writing, video editing)
- Planning and strategizing (work and life)
So let's go for some deep, hard, goal-oriented work now, and stop writing. Bye!
P.S. What about you? I bet that reading this wasn't deep, hard, goal-oriented work for you. Let me know how you arrange to be productive for yourself.