Smartphones have made our lives so much easier, there is practically everything you can do on your phone from waking up in the morning by setting an alarm to setting your schedule to carry forward your day, health tracking, GPS, socially connecting to people, fun activities and then maybe read a book online and then go back to sleep…what not! I cannot really imagine my life without a smartphone as it is my go-to for everything and few days back (thanks to screen time feature in iPhone), I realized that I have been using my phone for way too long in a day and need to cut down heavily.
Yeah! Easier said than done, right?
That is how, I came up with these 5 easy ways to break that phone habit. Remember, it does take time but keep practicing. 🙂
Get an alarm clock
I highly, highly recommend this as the radiation from the phone in the night can cause insomnia, anxiety etc. Plus, it saves you from spending that unnecessary extra time on your phone when you wake up in the middle of the night (just to check the time :P) and also helps you sleep better.
Turn off notifications
Those facebook, instagram notifications will still be there even if you check those after few hours. So, turn off the notifications you don’t require to be reminded of every few minutes. It’s better to mute certain whatsapp groups (the ones you check maybe once a day or once a week), maybe set a different tone on other groups so that you know which ones can be checked later and which one requires immediate attention. Most of the apps give you these settings to turn on notifications according to your requirements, make use of it.
It’s better to create certain times that has to be tech free, no matter what!!! Like meal time, story telling, playground, while reading a book…you can set aside according to your needs and requirements and stick to it once you decide. Feels difficult at first, and you feel that urge to check once but definitely gets better with time.
One more way to stick to that phone reducing time is to put a wallpaper which asks you to check phone after 30mins. Every time you hold the phone then, it will remind that you still need to wait, all you have to do is stick by it. Do it for 3 continuous days and maybe you won’t need a reminder anymore 🙂
- Make a list of things you love
It’s always helpful to substitute one habit to another. Try making a list of things you love and do that in your free time instead of checking phone again and again. Adult coloring, reading a book, yoga, walking by the riverside, listening to music are some of my favorites 🙂
“I finally realized it. People are prisoners of their phones, that’s why they are called cell phones”- Anonymous