If you are anything like me, you might feel like you have an unhealthy attachment to your smartphone. Anything and everything you want to do is in the palm of your hand. Watching a movie, reading a book, catching up on news, talking to loved ones, shopping, paying bills, etc. are all at your disposable at any moment. It is no wonder we are so drawn to it.
With all its benefits, there are some drawbacks to the technology. It can be a hindrance to productivity, and it can take up a lot of valuable time that can be spent with family or friends. If you want to spend less time on your phone, here are some tips that you could apply to ease the addiction.
Have a special spot dedicated to your phone.
When we are bored at home, we know we have easy access to our phone, so we get on it and end up spending hours scrolling meaninglessly. That is why an easy tip for lessening your smartphone usage is to have a designated spot for it in your home. This can be a drawer or a charging station. This guarantees you have at least some phone-free moments throughout your day.
Do not use your phone as an alarm clock.
One of the greatest features of our smartphones is that they can act as an alarm clock. However, it makes it easy to roll over and jump right on your phone since you are already reaching for it. You should try to give yourself at least an hour every morning without your phone. Therefore, it is advised to use a classic alarm clock instead of your cell phone, so you are not tempted to use it.
Keep your phone in your bag instead of your pocket.
Seeing people out at a restaurant constantly checking their phones seems rude, but we also do it more than we think. It is because we keep our phones so accessible in our pocket or hand. To be more present, you should try to always keep your phone in your bag or someone else’s bag, so it is out of sight and out of mind.
Turn off unnecessary notifications.
Hearing that “bing” from your phone notifications can be quite distracting throughout the day. It has gotten to the point where you cannot help but pick up your phone once you see a notification; it is a physical reaction. Turning off notifications for the less important apps will help you lessen the constant checking of your phone.
Do not take it to bed.
Your phone does many great things, and it is a necessary tool at times. However, one of the times you do not need it is in bed. Having your phone on you in bed can lead to a lack of sleep because you are so stimulated by the phone. Create boundaries and leave your phone out of your bed.
Look at your screen time.
The screen time on your phone lets you know how much time you spend on your phone and specific apps. Having access to this can be a wake-up call if you are spending too much time on your phone. Similarly, it is a way you can keep yourself accountable and monitor your phone usage.
We hope this information on spending less time on your smartphone is helpful to you.
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