When asked about the number one tool people can use to accelerate their lives, amplify their creativity and get unstuck —it’s not morning rituals, Wim Hof breathing or intense physical fitness.
(Those can all be great, to be clear.)
It’s starting the day on Airplane Mode and protecting one’s mental real estate against the cacophonies of the outside world.
Because nothing matters than setting the tone for our day:
And as much as I value technology —I am also deeply concerned about how it affects our mental health and robs us of progress.
Using Airplane Mode acts as a buffer to endless distraction, comparison and starting the day obsessing over the external.
Most importantly —it leads to emotional freedom —and releases the crippling anxiety of living in a world where there is never enough.
So, how can you maximize Airplane Mode?
Set a target and start simple.
Start with 15-20 minutes and allow yourself this time for self-care, reflection, a consciousness practice or creative work.
Make your technology unavailable.
We are habitually connected to our devices —and you’ll have to break the cycle by leaving in another room or turning it off.
Use your time to create real progress.
Use this time to work on yourself —or make a small dent on a project that is not urgent, yet deeply valuable to you.
Detach from the habit of reactivity.
Living in a constant state of reactivity is exhausting and we lose our sense of autonomy and control.
Learn to value quiet and peace.
In a loud world —noise, intensity and showing off are highly valued. Instead, seek to value quiet, solitude and peace.
Stack habits around Airplane Mode.
Once you’re used to being unplugged to start the day, continue to stack new habits that fuel your physical, mental and emotional self.
These days, many of my clients and I start the day with at least 90-120 minutes of Airplane Mode.
Personally, I get more “done” during this morning block —than I used to in an entire day.
However —the productivity benefits are only a fraction of what matters in the face of ailing mental health and our inability to use technology in a healthy manner.
And remember: focus is a skill which can be trained no matter how distracted you tend to feel.
Because one day of scattered attention doesn’t really sway the needle in either direction.
But compound that same time over six months or a year —and you have two radically different lives.
Do you currently use Airplane Mode?