Turn on ‘thrive’ mode to tune out distractions
Now you can turn on “thrive” mode.
Arianna Huffington and Samsung have teamed up to create a new app called Thrive that will block all notifications and tell your friends you’re too busy for them in an effort to increase productivity. It launches in December exclusively for Samsung devices.
The app lets you disconnect by scheduling times to be out of pocket. Thrive Mode limits notifications, calls and texts from everyone except those on your VIP list, sending automated “Do Not Disturb” messages to friends. If someone tries to contact you, they’ll receive the brief, upbeat away message: “thriving.”
SEE ALSO: What we can all learn from Arianna Huffington deleting her employees’ emails when they’re on vacation
Other useful features for those looking to unplug include an “App Control” that shows Thrive users how much time they spend using particular apps, a stat that could be an eye opener for how much time you spend wasting on Instagram or Facebook. You can set time restrictions for individual apps or block yourself from using them all together — a helpful tool when you’re on a strict deadline.
US consumers spend five hours a day on mobile devices, according to Tech Crunch.
If you really want to focus, turn on “Super Thrive Mode,” which will give you a digital time out from all smartphone apps. Once you enable that function there’s no turning back — you’ll be locked out until the time limit you set expires.
Huffington says she hopes her app will help users “recalibrate your relationship with technology.”
The app is a nod to the media mogul’s initiative Thrive Global, a podcast and newsletter filled with self-help content geared at giving tips to prevent burnout, like making more of an effort to focus on well being to maintain success at work and at home.
If you think you need more than Huffington’s app to stay focused, there’s a six-week e-course for $50. A combination of lectures use scientifically proven methods to decrease stress and burnout and improve overall health, happiness and well-being. Guest teachers include NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, Wharton Professor Adam Grant and Warby Parker CEO Dave Gilboa.
© 2018 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved