Why You Are Losing 10 IQ Points Every Time This Happens

Amantha Imber – CEO of Inventium
Despite the willpower you demonstrated in not giving in to the temptation of constant notifications, you would have done as good a job on the report if you had missed a night’s sleep. And you would have done marginally better on the report than if you had been smoking marijuana at your desk while writing.
Research from the University of London has shown that when we are bombarded with distractions and notifications, such as incoming emails and calls, we lose on average 10 IQ points. And this is if we don’t give in to them and keep on working.
If you would like to maintain your current IQ score while working, and not be a victim to it dropping, follow these three strategies.

1. Switch your phone to airplane mode (even when you are not on a plane).

The easiest way to avoid distractions is to remove them altogether. By putting your phone in airplane mode, you eliminate any vibrating, beeping or lighting up that may occur. Yes, you may miss a hilariously entertaining cat video, but you’ll do a better job on whatever task you are currently trying to focus on.

2. Turn off notifications on all devices.

Once you have switched your phone to airplane mode, turn off notifications on all other devices. This includes your computer, laptop, tablet and smart watch. It’s important to not forget any single device, as this could be your downfall.

3. Turn your phone to gray.

You might have noticed how bright and exciting apps and notifications look on a smart phone. They use bright colors to get our attention — not dissimilar to slot machines in Las Vegas. To reduce distractions, switch your phone to grayscale. You can check out this amusing video from The Atlantic about why you need to do this and how to make it happen. As senior editor James Hamblin says, “Instagram, when everything is in grayscale, looks pretty awful

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm
Gordon Myers | Category: Uncategorized

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