Friday, 16 February 2018

Why Do Not Disturb Is My New Best Friend


This is something I touched on in my post about not having any time, but something I have been doing recently is hitting that 'Do Not Disturb' and honestly, it's making my life so much better.

From waking up in the morning to going to sleep at night I don't even want to know how much time I spend on my phone in the day. My morning scroll through social media includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram stories and snapchat (although definitely less snapchat now because what the hell is this new update?!?) and if I have a bit more time then I go through them all again to make sure I haven't missed anything. If I don't have class I will then spend about half an hour on Bloglovin catching up on my favourite blogs and then another scroll on twitter to see if anything else takes my fancy.

Then I might finally get ready for the day, not without messaging my friends, more often than not to say that I won't actually make it to the library for 9am and not to bother waiting for me to walk into town. Already I must have spent about an hour on my phone and I haven't even left the house.

It is quite literally constant. Constantly replying to messages, stressing myself out over not replying and feeling super guilty that the person will have seen I've been on Facebook and not opened their message, or worse, opened it and not replied. It's a barrage of messages and I'm a bit tired of it.

We are the first generation that's spent most of our adult life in a state of hyper-connectivity. We are contactable all the time and there is so much pressure to reply instantly to things. But honestly, is the world really going to end if I focus on my reading and don't open my Facebook messages for an hour. Probably not tbh.

My stress levels since being back at uni this semester have been sky high. Fair, it's been a stressful time, applying for flats, starting new modules, figuring out friendships and relationships but a large portion of that stress could probably have been avoided if I'd hit the do not disturb button and replied to the message when I'm in a bit of a calmer state or when I had a bit more time to think of an answer.

It's something I have been trying to do for the past week or so and I think it is actually helping. It means I also spend less time worrying about whether people have replied to my messages. How liberating. It also doesn't help that my attention span has been about the length of a teaspoon some days and have stopped myself many times from falling into the ASOS abyss or the dark depths of this morning blooper's on youtube.

So I guess what I'm trying to get at here is this: there is no shame in not replying to someone and clicking that 'Do Not Disturb' button and replying later when it's convenient for you. We put so much pressure on ourselves on a daily basis and sometimes it's nice just to be able to concentrate on what you are doing and have a break from it all. It makes me way more productive and therefore able to give my full attention to something when I actually have time to focus on it. Let me know in the comments if this is something you do cause I'd love to know!




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  1. Amazing post and so relatable. I am terrible for spending too much time on my phone- even more so since I have been blogging- and I really should use the do not disturb more often. It’s so tempting to respond straight away when your receive a notification or message but your right it can wait. Will try and make more of an effort to do this 👍🏻

    Melanie | www.frasersfunhouse.com

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    1. Blogging definitely makes it so much worse, there's so much pressure to be online and interacting with people all the time! Thanks for reading Melanie xx

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  2. Hi, I think it is important that we take time out and usd the go not disturb button or equivalent. We all need some me down time away from technology.

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  3. Some time away from technology would do a world of good for everyone! Lovely post :)

    Soffy // themumaffairs.blogspot.com

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  4. I spend way too much time stressing over the constant notifications. I definitely need to start having a bit more downtime X

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. It makes such a difference Sophie! Thanks for reading xo

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  5. Yes yes yes! Do not disturb used to be my favourite iPhone feature, i had it on a timed schedule I loved it so much! I think it's so important to always give yourself time to be alone/disconnected or put away our phones and get on with what we need to do, bevause most of the time the things we prioritise on our phones aren't half as inportant as we think they are <3 Sadly samsung doesnt seem to have the DND feature, so I've become the worst for leaving my phone on silent all the time and missing everything!

    Love, Anne // www.basifpa-and-did.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for reading Anne! I use it on both my phone and my laptop, it's so helpful! Aha it does mean I miss things occasionally but they often aren't that important anyway! So glad you liked the post! xx

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  6. So glad you were able to find this balance that has helped you! I spend far too much time on social media and I want to find a way to cut that down a bit.

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. Thanks Jenny! You should definitely try the DND button for a few hours a day then! :) x

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  7. YES GIRL! I totally agree with you :)

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  8. OMG I NEED to start doing this! I spend far to much time on my phone and need to just switch off sometimes

    www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

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    1. It is so helpful Ellie!! Good luck! x

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  9. Sometimes phones can be so addicting and you don't notice til it's after 1 in the morning and you're wide awake lol. I totes agree that the DND feature is amazing and it gives a necessary break. Thanks for reminding me to use it this week as I'm forever tired lol and need the rest. :)

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Yup! I definitely do that too Lena! Hope you've had a good week xo

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  10. This is a really great post and so glad you chose to share the topic on your blog! Checking out every now and again (even on a daily basis, for an hour or so each time ) can prove SO beneficial to the overall week. Totally get what you mean about our generation constantly being/needing 24/7 contact, it can get exhausting sometimes. Have a lovely week Zara!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle! Hope you have had a lovely week too! x

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  11. I couldn't agree with you, sometimes we just need to take time off from everything.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. Definitely! Thanks for reading Vanessa x

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