Because cellphones are constantly being improved by expanding upon their functionalities, this has increased the likelihood of overuse. This addiction has cost a lot of people in this country and worldwide their jobs, and has taken up their lives as well. Although smartphones have reliably become a major part of our lives, we can control how often we use them. The following tips will help you to be wise with your smart phone, and not let it take over your life.
1. Create Boundaries
One of the most effective ways is to put your phone on silent. For that to work though you also need to stop alert notifications. Why do you need a notification to let you know someone “liked” your Facebook picture or status? Designate a time to check in your social media accounts and stick to it.
2. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
During family time or hanging out with friends, put your cell phone someplace where you won’t hear or see it. You will not feel the need to constantly go check on your phone unnecessarily, this will also help you to have wholesome time with your loved ones.
3. Don’t Sleep With Your Phone
The old excuse that “it’s my alarm clock” just won’t do. Buy an alarm clock and keep the phone somewhere else besides your nightstand or bed. Taking your phone to bed with you, will only make you a slave to it. Your sleep time will also be disturbed.
4. Go On A Full Detox
Use a weekend to do a full detox. Put it away on a Friday and don’t pick it up until Sunday. I can promise you that the world won’t end! Once you’re done with the detox, gradually implement some of the tips above. This action will give your brain a chance to normalize, and get back into the pace of normal life.
5. Be Conscious
Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make you want to check your phone. Is it boredom, loneliness or anxiety? Maybe something else would soothe you.
6. Be Strong
This is no piece of cake, but once you are over the withdrawal symptoms, you would have conquered a tough battle. Be courageous when your phone beeps or rings. You don’t always have to answer it. In fact, you can avoid temptation by turning off the alert signals.
7. Be Disciplined
You need to have discipline about not using your device in certain situations (such as when you’re with children, driving, or in a meeting) or at certain hours for instance, between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. You’ll be surprised and pleased to rediscover the pleasures of being in control of your attention.