Often we have to find some practicing time between school, homework, sports, work and house cleaning. Every minute of complete concentration for playing has a value of gold. So what happens if your smartphone is always at arm’s reach while you practice? Have you ever counted how many times you get notifications about the newest Facebook posts, Whatsapp, Twitter? Maybe you get a lot of phone calls too? Or maybe you are a virtual farmer and you have to gather your pumpkins every 10 minutes?
If you send a message to your friend right before starting to practice, it’s likely that your brain keeps thinking if he/she has already received the message. You’ll probably check for a delivery report. Then you’ll check again to see if the person has replied. And so it goes on and on.
Even if you’re strong enough to combat the desire to take a look at your phone after you hear the fatal “beep” or feel a vibration in your pocket, knowing the fact that there is a message waiting for you can prompt task-irrelevant thoughts and mind wandering.
What’s the solution?
It’s clear and simple.
SWITCH IT OFF!
Switching off your phone will not harm you. It will make you free from endless beeps and vibrations and you'll practice much more efficiently. You'll learn faster, because all your attention will be focused on your goal. Slowly your attention span will grow and you'll be efficient for longer periods of time. All these benefints requires just one small action from your side. Switch off your phone!