If your phone is a tool for distraction and procrastination, you’re not alone. Here we share our top tips for how to be less addicted to your phone.
It’s completely normal to spend a large amount of time on your phone. Everyone does it to a certain extent. It only becomes problematic when you find yourself spending more time on your phone instead of working or doing any daily tasks. Not only will it affect your productivity, but it will also help you procrastinate easily. Before you realise it, an hour could have gone by and your to do list is still as long.
If you don’t set a limit, your phone can easily turn into your biggest enemy. Your phone is definitely a great tool/device and if your job requires you to work on your phone, then you don’t have many other options. However, if you are using your phone to procrastinate, it can turn into an addiction before you even realise it. If your phone distracts you from doing your work, then this is the article for you.
It may seem obvious, but turning off your notifications will really help you resist the urge to unlock it. Those notifications are unnecessary distractions, especially if they are from your personal social media accounts. They make us focus on other people’s lives and what they do with their lives, rather than on ourselves and our to do lists.
In addition, it can create unnecessary negative energy, such as jealousy, envy, anger and hatred for things that don’t even matter in your life in the first place. If you want to focus on yourself and your goals/dreams, then turning off those notifications is a great place to start. It can be a little frustrating at first, but you will quickly realise that you will feel much happier. You will want to do things that don’t involve your phone and you will work more productively.
Our first reflex when we are bored or do not know what to do is to pick up our phones. The best way to get rid of your phone addiction is to spend your time differently. Instead of scrolling through your personal social media platforms, you can choose to do something else.
Focus on your hobbies! If you love reading, then why don’t you read a book? Spend time doing things that you enjoy and interest you, whether it’s cooking, drawing, colouring, watching TV shows/films, etc. You could also use this time to experiment with new hobbies that you may have wanted to try for a while. The most important step is to choose to do something that doesn’t involve spending time on your phone.
If you feel like you need to take extreme measures in order to beat your phone addiction, then do what works best for you. When it comes to digital detox, it all depends on your personal preference. Some people choose to start with a small digital detox, in the sense they stop using their phones during the weekend. Whereas other people choose not to use their phones after a certain time. Do what works for you! Sometimes, it’s not about taking a break from using your phone but more about taking a break from using social media. If you find that checking your social media isn’t good for your mental health, then focus on the things that matter to you and make you happy, like family FaceTimes.
If, on the other hand, you want to beat your smartphone addiction slowly and/or at your own pace, you can start doing that by setting limits. If your work involves social media, then you obviously have to spend a sufficient amount of time on there. But that doesn’t mean you need to spend the entire day on your phone/social media. Set a few hours (per day) to do your work and once you’ve finished your work within that timeframe, don’t use your phone.
Take into account how many hours you really need to do your work. Once you’ve established the number of hours, you can determine how much time you need without going overboard. For instance, if you need to spend three hours a day to do your work then spend the next two hours doing other tasks that don’t involve your phone. It’s all about finding a balance and being in control of your actions.
Our phones have definitely become an important part of our lives, but you have to remember that they don’t control or dictate us. You should be the one who is in control and not the other way around.
Do you have any other tips?