5 Ways to be Phone Free
5 Ways to be Phone Free
Don’t freak out, we’re not telling you to ditch your phone completely! Sometimes we just need a break from the screen and immerse ourselves in what’s right in front of us. With the increase in obsessive behaviours we are becoming constantly dependant on our phones causing us to be easily distracted, less productive and more likely to detach from reality. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t take your phone with you, but just help you to rely and use it less. Try our top 5 steps to see if you can be phone free.
Turn off your notifications
Does checking a single notification turn into half an hour of phone browsing? We’ve all been there! It’s all too easy to become distracted and get sucked into the vast abyss of social media and the internet through one alert.
Put up a do not disturb sign, literally, and get on with your everyday life without constant distractions. The iPhone allows you to silence calls, alerts and notifications that you get while your phone is locked. You can also schedule a time or choose who you’ll allow calls from. Another option is to disable all unnecessary notifications or even mute your device to stop audio alerts to stop yourself from checking your phone after every chirp.
Find out how much you’re using your phone
Shock yourself into reducing phone time. Find a balance for the amount of screen time in your life with apps such as QualityTime for Android and Moment for iOS. These apps monitor your phone usage and inform you just how many hours a day you’re spending on your phone. You can set daily limits on yourself for how much time you want to be spending on your phone and get updates when you start to draw close / go over your self-imposed limit. Stop yourself from going into that Instagram black hole and get little nudges when you spend more than 15 minutes on your phone at a time.
Set realistic limits for yourself
Make limitations on the amount of time you spend on your phone. If you’re not willing to commit to an app try self-monitoring. Start by giving yourself a daily limit of no more than 2 hours of phone activity a day or spending no more than 20 minutes at a time on your phone. Once you become more aware of the time you are spending on your phone you can start reducing the time you spend on your phone a little more each week.
Get a real alarm clock
Stop using your phone as an alarm clock. When your phone double as an alarm clock you are more likely to check your notifications rather than get out of bed and start your day. Using a simple alarm clock can fix this problem altogether. In fact, don’t take your phone into the bedroom with you at all. Plug it in at an outlet in the kitchen or hallway – somewhere out of sight, out of reach and out of mind. Keeping your phone away from where you’re sleeping also means that you don’t have easy access to it before you go to sleep, making falling asleep a lot easier.
No phones while you’re out socialising
Make a rule for yourself to not take your phone out while you’re socialising with friends or family. When you have your phone with you in social situations you tend to concentrate less on the conversations that are happening right in front of you and more on the ones that are happening in cyberspace. When you’re physically and mentally distracted people may feel that you care more about what is on your phone than what is happening right in front of you. Turning off all notifications can stop you from feeling the urge to check your phone. Alternatively, you can make a game out of it if you’re at home with family / friends: everyone has to put their phones in the middle of the table and the first person to get a message or reach for their phone has to clean up after dinner. The real takeaway is that whatever is happening on your phone can wait, real life can’t.