By Nick Sigur
I never seem to have enough time for things like prayer and bible study. I decided to make war on some of the high-tech, time-robbing distractions in my life.
If you can’t completely give up Facebook or whatever social media steals your time, try turning off the notifications. You won’t be distracted every time a “friend” makes a post or comment. I went to Facebook, the “Settings,” next “Notifications,” and turned them all off.
On my iPhone, I went to “Settings,” and then “Notifications.” You probably want notifications from The Weather Channel, but maybe not from Candy Crush. I turned off about 90 percent of my notifications. So far, I haven’t missed anything important…but how would I know?
I use Gmail, but for whatever you use, there is probably something you can do about the emails you always delete. In Gmail, I set up filters. I click on an email I don’t want, click on “Filters,” and then I can set them to be deleted or “Skip the Inbox” which means they are archived. If archived, I can search them out if I ever need them. Be sure to apply the filter to all emails that fit the criteria and “poof!” They are gone. Another distraction bites the dust.
Finally, I turned off my TV. I don’t mean permanently—which might not be a bad idea. I used to work with the TV on. Now I just turn it on when I want to watch something. Then I turn it off again.
Use your newly found free time constructively. I recommend the YouVersion Bible app. You can sign up for devotionals or bible reading plans. You can even invite “friends” to join in your newly found, focus on Jesus.