Don’t behave like Pavlov’s dogs

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An analogy for time management for constantly checking our message/notification:

Just as Ivan Pavlov used a bell to make dogs salivate in anticipation of food, incoming email, texts, and tweets have trained many people to stop what they are doing and respond to them. This behavior interrupts your thought and work processes, making you less efficient.

To break your habit of immediately checking your messages, adjust the settings so your device checks for incoming items at a specific time interval, such as every 90 minutes.


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