Productivity guru reveals the ‘scientific brain exercise’ to keep you from getting distracted by your phone
- Arsia Sasha, 30, from California, works on go-to-market strategy and operations
- He shares tips for mindset and productivity optimization on TikTok
- In a recent video, he revealed how he broke the habit of picking up his phone
A productivity guru has revealed the ‘scientific brain exercise’ he used to avoid being distracted by his smartphone.
Arsia SashaThe 30-year-old Californian shares tips on mindset and productivity optimization on his TikTok to help people stay focused and achieve their goals.
The content creator, who handles go-to-market strategy and operations, explained in a recent video that he has developed the habit of constantly picking up his phone.
“Every time I wasn’t actively working on something, I would just completely lose focus, grab my phone and then be derailed for the next fifteen to twenty minutes,” he recalls.
Arsia Sasha, 30, from California, revealed the ‘scientific brain exercise’ he used to avoid being distracted by his smartphone
The content creator, who focuses on go-to-market strategies and operations, shares mindset and productivity optimization tips on TikTok
Smartphone use is one of the biggest hurdles to productivity, but most people feel compelled to pick up their devices throughout the day, even when they know they should be doing something else.
Americans check their phones an average of 144 times a day, according to a recent study from Reviews.org.
“What you’ll notice is that this is pretty much just a habit, meaning this is something that you’ve ingrained into yourself over and over again,” Arsia said.
‘What usually happens is that you are doing something that you don’t want to do or you don’t know how to proceed.
‘Your brain doesn’t like uncertainty, so it says, “Um, uh, what am I going to do now?” Then it sees your phone – dopamine hit.”
Studies have shown that phone activity causes the brain to release dopamine, the feel-good chemical associated with pleasurable activities.
The craving for that dopamine makes you reach for your phone compulsively, but there is a way to control the urge.
Arsia explained that if you picked up your phone enough to get that reward, it became a knee-jerk reaction that you did without even thinking.
Arsia explained that reaching for your cell phone gave you a hit of dopamine, and if you did it often enough, it became a habit that was hard to break
“The next time you get the urge to pick up your phone, you’ll stop yourself and make a fool of yourself,” he said. ‘You tell yourself that you will pick up your phone in about five minutes, and then you just keep working’
He said there was a “scientific brain exercise” he was now using to avoid being distracted by his phone.
“The next time you get the urge to pick up your phone, you’ll stop yourself and make a fool of yourself,” he said.
‘You’re going to tell yourself that you’re going to pick up your phone in about five minutes, and then you basically just keep working.
‘Because you will realize that the urge is not that great. You just needed something to get over this little moment.”
Arsia said that if you did this often enough, you would eventually break your smartphone habit.
“You become stronger and stronger at building up resistance to picking up your phone, and so you have built up a counter-habit,” he concluded. “It’s just science.”