Some People may think that discussing about ways to spend less time on your phone is not important, in reality, spending less time on your it can mean reclaiming your real life back. Before I share with you the following recommended tips below, let me share this recent experience with you to really bring this phone addiction topic to the heart. Last week I took a temecula limousine to the airport and during the whole trip I kept hearing the classic text notification tone. At first, I though it was my iPhone, but it was the limousine driver. I couldn’t believe the fact that he was texting while driving me. I don’t know if they were personal or business texts but it was clear that this guy is someone who dedicates all his time and life to his phone.
1. Make a Conscious Tech-use Assessment:
Try to use Apps and software to track your daily phone usage. Without a conscious tech-use assessment, it could be very difficult for you to know if you are over using your phone and need to make immediate changes. Download and install the Moment App to give you a daily report of how much time you have spent on your it. This will help you make the necessary adjustment.
2. No Phone’s at Table Rule:
You do not need your phone during breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is contrary to the traditional Table Manners. If you do not chat, ping or browse when you are at the table either alone or with company, it helps you reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone.
3. Don’t take your Phone to Bed:
You do not need your phone in the dreamland. If you actually need one eventually, it won’t be the one you are using in the real world. There is no need to take your phone to bed. Taking it to bed will only deepen your addiction and ensure that you deprive yourself of quality sleep. When you are about to sleep, seize the opportunity to charge it. Your body needs sleep, the phone also needs to sleep. It is a win/win situation.
4. Do not use your Phone to set reminders:
A great percentage of Phone users make this mistake. They set reminders for meetings, for gym, for lunch, for dinner, for time to sleep and they end up using it as an alarm clock. This would only ensure that you are always using the phone. Aside the reminders, you stand the risk of being drawn to other unnecessary activities when you are always having to press your phone. Such activities may include reading promotional text messages that contain links to websites that will expose you to content that would only waste more of your time and offer you nothing substantial in return. If you do not use your it to set reminders then you are on a steady path to winning the war against the addiction.
5. Take Tech Breaks:
Schedule a time for yourself in a day when you only use your phone to make calls only and nothing more. No Facebook, No Twitter, No Instagram, Youtube, Flickr, etc. or Internet searches whatsoever. To be honest, you do not need your phone when you are in the toilet, when you are bathing, when you are doing laundry or dishes. Taking a Tech break won’t be harmful anyway.