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Unlike meetings, where your absence or lack of attention is obvious, at least it isn't for most of these. They can be ignored or handled at your convenience, or you can do other things while pretending to be engaged.
One of the managers where I used to work told me he liked it when he had two meetings scheduled simultaneously. If he went to neither, people would assume that he was in the other one.
The solution, from personal practice and experience:
1 - I don't text; I won't text
2 - I don't read texts (anyone who knows me knows this)
3 - No social networks (except for this time-waster[^])
4 - email - but only from a PC. I don't always have them on and so I get a break from that, too.
5 - you get the picture
Moreover, with a few domains that all include free email forwards (unlimited number of them, too) I keep my mail sorted in such a manner that I get remarkably little spam.
Just one more bit of advice. All the eating of garlic and drinking of beer, to induce any amount of near-toxic flatulence, will neither stop the hell you have welcomed into your life nor slow it down. Smart phones are, at least, smart enough not to have noses . . . the best you can hope for is to soil the screen
there are some things I can run from but never hide.
Intelligence is pursuing you but you are faster?
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
For me, this was Day 3 of working from home for the foreseeable future. At one point I was:
Updating help text on my machine for a work application.
Remote Desktop'ed to my machine at work where I was gathering source code to work offline.
Remote Desktop'ed to a lab machine at work that was being recalcitrant about installing a test application.
Handling work e-mails with the work cell because my machine and the work machine session were busy.
On my personal phone wrangling doctor appts and subscription refills for my wife and I because we've reached the age where keeping our body chemistry regulated is complicated.
When not on the phone, talking to my wife about why it's okay for her to go for a drive (she's getting a little stir crazy), and no she shouldn't stop in any stores.
Occasionally turning around and talking to my dogs because I needed to see a friendly face. They're especially friendly right now because it's dinner time.
Communications are slightly more frenetic than usual. At one point our secure FTP provider at work went belly-up and I had to resort to emailing stuff to myself at home, 5MB at a time.
The one advantage is that the commute is easy (up one flight of stairs) and the dress code is... relaxed.
turn off notification sounds and vibrations on your phone (or wear headphones at your pc)
take your phone out of your pocket and place it face-down on the table
now, when you aren't trying to Get Something Done, check your systray icons (slack, etc), flip your phone, have a look at any notifications there, check your email, check your slack. Then go back to being productive and check-in when you feel like it later.
If you say that getting the money is the most important thing
You will spend your life completely wasting your time
You will be doing things you don't like doing
In order to go on living
That is, to go on doing things you don't like doing