Ever since smartphones became a thing, they have seriously been coming in-between us and the life we want to live. Although working online and through my phone have become a career for me, I think that it’s time for a phone detox! Here are the steps that I’m taking to break up my long term relationship with my phone!
Ask yourself if you think you’re addicted to your smart phone!
Are you checking your phone first thing when you wake up? Do you think you spend more time with your phone than your kids or pets? If so, then it may be time for a phone detox my friend!
I’ve been working on spending less time on my phone and more time in the real world. These ten steps have seriously helped me with my phone detox, and I think they will help you too!
- Create a morning routine that doesn’t involve your phone. When you wake up, get everything you need to get done first before you pick up your phone. Make a cup of coffee, take a warm shower, do a morning meditation!
- Set time limits when you’re using your phone. If you are like me and work with the internet, we can’t just avoid our phones, sadly. If you have to use it, then make sure you are limiting the amount of time you’re using it. I’ve been limiting myself to less than three hours a day (which is still high), but it much better than what I’ve been doing!
- Find some hobbies that don’t include your phone. Something that has worked for me is finding things that take up my time that isn’t my phone! Building our house has been a serious help in my phone detox, but so has my love for baking and cooking!
- Clean out your phone! We all have apps and nonsense on our phones that we don’t use. For me, games are my weakness! Go through your phone and delete any of the apps that make you spend too much time on your phone.
- Turn off your notifications, this has been a lifesaver for me! Half of the reason I check my phone often is because I see something from Instagram pop up. Since turning off push notifications, I am less inclined to pick up my phone to see what’s going on.
- Keep your phone out of your bed! Half of the reason I struggle with my phone detox is that I usually play on my phone before bed. Not only is this a terrible habit, but it also causes insomnia and really strains your eyes as well.
- Unfollow what you don’t like! I’ve talked about this in a blog post a while back, but it is still so true. If someone is making you feel less than amazing with what they are creating, they gotta go! This can be on Instagram, Twitter, or even in your email list!
- Silence is about to be your best friend when you start your phone detox. I’ve had my phone on silent since the dawn of time, and it is great! Not having that disruption during my day makes such a difference.
- Get out and by yourself a traditional planner, seriously! I’ve never been one to utilize my phone as a planner. I find some weird enjoyment in writing things down. A paper planner will help you remember things better, and you won’t be so dependent on your phone!
- Don’t be afraid to just turn it off. You don’t owe your phone or anyone anything! If you feel like you have spent too much time on your phone, then just simply turn it off.