If your phone is the first thing you reach for in the morning; this post is for you!
On average, people spend 4 hours a day on their phones. 28 hours a week. 112 hours a month. 1,344 hours a year. That’s a LOT of mindless scrolling.
To further put that amount of time into perspective, 600 days of the next 10 years of your life will be spent on your phone. Over a year and a half. What would you do with an entire year of your life? It’s time to get our habits in check!
Somewhere between text messages, emails, social media, games, and an app for everything, our culture has lost touch with the ability to be fully present.
It’s refreshing to see companies like Apple and Instagram recognizing how too much phone time isn’t good for your mental health. When we compare our lives to what others choose to share on their highlight reel, it can be easy to feel lonely, depressed, and anxious. Apple’s Screen Time feature allows you to see how much time you’re spending on your phone, and Instagram lets you know when all new posts have been seen so you can put your phone down and get back into the world.
Communicating with our people, checking email, and using social media is not a bad thing at all. It can be a very wonderful, great thing! What we need is a healthy dose of moderation.
Here are a few easy ways you can spend less time on the phone!
3 Ways to Cut Your Phone Addiction
1. Keep it Out of Sight
If you’re someone who always has your phone at your fingertips, this tip right here will drastically change your life. Ready?
Put your phone in another room. It’s as simple as that.
When your phone is no longer next to you, you’ll realize just how often you try to check it as a default.
Simply keeping your phone out of reach is all it takes to begin breaking the habit; so place it somewhere that would force you to get up and go out of your way.
If your phone is disrupting your productivity: Set a goal, and don’t touch your phone until the task is complete. The task could be a project at work, cleaning the house, reading a book, exercising, organizing the closet – anything!
If your phone is affecting your anxiety: Set a length of time to allow yourself to disconnect and recharge. An hour to a few hours away from the phone will make you much happier human!
This article is being written right now because my phone about six feet away! :)
2. Turn Off Notifications
We’re controlled by notifications. Turning off these pesky annoyances will allow you to pick up your phone when you want to, not when your phone tells you to.
Take charge of when you check your phone by going into your social media apps and turning off the unnecessary notifications. You don’t need to know when someone likes your photo, sends you a friend request, or posts in a group. All of those updates will be waiting for you later.
Bonus: Keeping your phone on silent when possible is another way to stay in control of your checking habits.
3. Use a Real Alarm
Creating intentionality with your phone can be tricky when it’s the first thing you grab to turn your alarm off. Turning your alarm off, seeing notifications, and getting sucked into social media and email is how your phone can ultimately run your life from the moment you wake up.
Instead, get a real alarm clock, and charge your phone across the room or in another area of the home. Taking a small part of your morning to fill your mind with God’s word and enjoying silence will majorly impact how you tackle the day!
This Put Your Phone Down Art Print was designed to remind you of these powerful habits! It measures 5 x 7 inches, so it’s small enough to hang at your desk, in your classroom, the dinner table, or wherever you need a reminder to be fully present!