Kicking The Phone Habit
With an estimated over 237.6 million people owning smartphones in the U.S. in 2018, it’s easy to say we are spending much more time on our handheld device with some of us becoming “smartphone addicts”. The excessive time spent on our phones can affect your relationships, your job and even your health. There are ways to build boundaries so we spend less time on the phone and kick the habit.
Notifications – turn them off! If you disable or even mute all unnecessary notifications, you are less likely to get sucked into your social media account when you get an alert.
Don’t use your phone as an alarm clock. It’s easy to get into the habit of checking your phone first thing in the morning if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Even removing your phone completely from the bedroom will reduce this temptation completely.
Give your phone a time-out. Set up phone-free periods during the day. You don’t need phone at the dinner, in the shower, or while reading a book, and slowly incorporate other phone-free times throughout the day.