Phones have made life easier and difficult at the same time. I can bet you have been using your phone all day, avoiding all the work, and now on your phone itself you searched ‘how to stop using phone too much’. We all have been there. It is ironic and concerning. So here we are to eliminate the concern and “too much” phone from your lifestyle. These little changes might help.
Uninstall Social Media
Social media is the reason why most of us are hooked on our smartphones. So, the first thing that you need to do in order to leave your phones is delete all the applications that you are used to using mindlessly. Anything you believe can consume your time without you even realizing is a distraction that needs to be removed entirely. No pushing notifications off is going to work here. I get it, you have friends that you interact with all the time, but aren’t you guys only sharing reels and meme content back and forth most of the time? Well, sorry for bursting your bubble but that is not a conversation and sharing reels should not be a priority.
Keep Your Phone Screen Side Down
Even if you don’t have any apps or you are certain that there is no chance that a notification will pop up, an unintentional touch on the screen is enough for its screen to light up and attract you for I don’t know what. These minor distractions are enough to create a major distraction. Either you will start scrolling through your phone or maybe start thinking about something other than work that needs to be done. Either way, you are getting distracted. This is a case scenario when we are certain that there will be no notification. Now imagine the distraction if you get notification or a call. It is better to keep the screen side of the phone down in order to avoid getting tempted.
Avoid Bringing Phone in Bed
We go through our phones the most when we are in bed. Be it at night or first thing in the morning. Compare that screen time with the screen time when you are not in bed. It is easier to spend more time on the phone when you are in bed because during that time your mind believes you are free and you have all the time in the world. In addition to that, bedtime scrolling always seems like just 5 minutes. Even if you have been scrolling for the past 30 minutes you won’t realize that you have already wasted that much time. And the worst part? Even when you realize you have been using your phone for a long time and you decide to leave it, within a minute or two you will end up picking the phone again. That happens because it is accessible. So, make a habit of not bringing the phone in bed. Bedtime should be rest time, you need to relax and the phone is not going to help you with that in any way.
Keep Phone at Distance When Working
When you are working on something that’s important but boring or difficult for you, there is a chance that even keeping the screen side down won’t help you. This is when keeping your phone at distance, out of your reach is recommended.
The worst thing about mindless scrolling is that it strikes when we are in the middle of the most important task. Have you experienced this? You are working on an assignment or a project that needs to be submitted by the end of the day but it is difficult and the deadline is making you anxious so you pick up your phone and start searching and exploring random content. Even if it is related to the project, it may not help you in the best way possible and you already know that. We all have been there.
Make Time for Screen
Now, in order to avoid excess use of the phone, you do not have to completely remove it from your life and routine. Instead, it is important to dedicate a time specifically for the screen so that your body and mind gets used to it. During this time as well, try to avoid mindless scrolling. Instead, invest this time in doing something productive. No, you don’t necessarily have to read books or enroll in online courses. Even talking to a friend, once in a while, sharing your moments, listening to theirs is important and productive, playing a game that tickles your brain cells is also productive, watching content that helps you become a better person is also productive. Check out these Minecraft Survival Servers if you like playing minecraft.