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Apr 16, 2019 14:44:06


by @basilesamel PATRON | 346 words | 428🔥 | 479💌

Basile Samel

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I graduated as a Telecom engineer, and yet I am barely connected. A data plan is a huge distraction, I have no need for it.

I installed four apps on my phone. All are muted. Three of them are social - Whatsapp, Telegram, and Instagram - I downloaded them because it was the only way to use the desktop version. The fourth one is Calm, to help with my meditation routine.

Whenever I travel and I need a map, I use a screenshot or I just draw the directions on a piece of paper. Sometimes I get lost and I need to ask locals for directions. It's quite an adventure, an attempt at re-enchanting the world. And a great way to develop your sense of direction.

I only use my phone on four occasions: to wake myself up (alarm clock), to take notes, to show important papers (tickets, ID cards, etc.), and to actually phone/text people. And sometimes to take selfies with friends. The rest can wait.

Listening to a podcast? I download everything in a dedicated MP3 player. Reading? Ebook reader. Photography? Hybrid camera. My phone is in plane mode for about 23 hours a day.

If you believe you have to stay connected 24/7 "for work", well, you have to educate your customers on the wonders of asynchronous communication. Efficient phone calls are like efficient meetings: short, planned, and straight to the point. Prefer video calls for ice breakers.

Switching off your phone is respecting your time, and thus yourself. People can wait. If you work, just work. If you meet someone, focus on the conversation. I am extremely annoyed when I meet a friend or go on a date only to see someone stuck on a phone screen. There is a time for everything, and multi-tasking is the surest way to accomplish nothing.

Attention span, deep work, living in the present... going phoneless for the majority of the day is probably the most impactful habit you can implement right now.

I only spend about five bucks a month in connectivity costs with a cheap unlocked Samsung.

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    @basilesamel I don't know what to call this, but it does look like the kind of life i want to live. I'm so gonna try it.

    The question is how do you resist the temptation to use social media while working on your laptop since you use it (social media) on desktop.

    Thanks @keni for the call

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 16, 2019 22:11:02
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      @basilesamel @seunoyebode - Basile - It looks like this post has to be a series. We need more.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 16, 2019 17:14:38
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    @basilesamel will give this a try. I eliminated some distractions myself so far, but going all in like you do sounds quite interesting and probably where I want to be myself, I was not aware of it. That's a very interesting food for thoughts.

    Clement avatar Clement | Apr 16, 2019 22:47:44
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    @basilesamel wow.

    PhilH avatar PhilH | Apr 16, 2019 22:25:17
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    @basilesamel Simply amazing. I admire your discipline.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 16, 2019 07:02:16
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      @brandonwilson Thank you sir!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 16, 2019 17:18:28
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    @basilesamel @keni ( he reveals the secrets ) thanks for unlocking him like his old Samsung.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 06:56:49
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      @basilesamel @brianball - lol. You are all welcome. 😊

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 16, 2019 10:15:05
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      @brianball @keni come ooooon those are no secrets :P if you want to have more time, just eliminate distractions

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 16, 2019 17:18:17
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      @basilesamel - as I distract myself reading these great interactions ;-) [turn off notifications bb]

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 16, 2019 13:06:45
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    @basilesamel -Mr Basile. Je besoin beaucoup such post sil'vous plait.

    This sounds difficult and yet so effective. I have tried airplane mode and found that I am restless. I am getting better at being in airplane mode but clearly I could do more.

    Please share more of what you do in terms of efficiency and productivity. It now makes sense how you keep this site as good as it is.

    @seunoyebode - see this.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 16, 2019 09:08:53
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      @keni Alright, happy to share :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 16, 2019 17:17:36
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