Today, we live a significant part of our lives in the smartphone. We all have an overwhelming need to stay connected and not miss any important notifications. But in this process, we also become addicted to our smartphones regularly checking for pleasurable messages or visually appealing Instagram posts. We do not know when this happens, and it eats away little chunks of time without notice and makes us feel bad and tired.
As we saw in the last post on time management, a significant part of our lives is spent in our professional lives and we do not have a lot of time left for personal and family time during the weekdays. Therefore, small chunks of time lost to the smartphone over the day can amount to a situation of the person not having time for a music class or a meal together with the family towards the end of the day. We might be paying a big price each time we are unnecessarily scrolling our social media posts for pleasure, security, and social interaction.
We should realize that it is not necessary to be in continuous contact with the smartphone. Three ways to reduce your smartphone addiction straightaway without affecting your smartphone productivity are as below:
Don’t take your phone to your bedroom, and it is not healthy too.
Stimulation, light, and constant radiation disturbance doesn’t let you sleep well and you need to sleep healthy in order to function well the next day. With irregular sleep, your body and mind will ask you for more sleep hours than without these constant disturbances. Out wake time is anyways constantly accompanied by smartphone, we need to get away from it during sleep. Moreover, no matter what the certifications say, it is important to keep away from the electromagnetic radiation for some part of your day. So, the smartphone simply just doesn’t belong in the bedroom.
Free your mornings from smartphone
When you get a good night’s sleep, our mornings can be really productive. We are energetic, emotionally balanced, and undisturbed during this time and can focus on one big task of the day spending one large chunk of time. It is also important to spend your morning to mentally visualize all the activities to be done and anticipate the emotions that you will go through during the day. Do not sit with your smartphones checking social media and waste this crucial period of your day in the mornings.
Reduce the urge to check your smartphone when you’re bored
Research says that we unlock our phone at least 100 times a day. While we do this to check our notifications on purpose, we also tend to unlock our phones out of the habit to check our phone without any necessity. Even if we assume we do this out of no necessity for 50 percent of the time, that is a crucial 50 minutes wasted from our day (assuming we spend 1 minute after each unlock of the phone). This valuable time could have been used for exercise, a family meal, spending on meditation, or reflecting on your day.
Turn off notifications from certain apps and uninstall unused apps
We install certain apps and we turn on certain notifications because we were in need of those notifications at one point in the past. However, we possibly have apps that we don’t need notifications from today. It is important to reduce the number of apps and to turn off the notifications and frequency of notifications from certain apps that are absolutely not important for your daily productivity and communications.