The internet, or rather my apple products and I, are very much like houmous and pitta – we work well together but too much dipping, isn’t good for you.

Maintaining what is classed as a “normal” amount of time on your phone can be a bit tricky woo. Most of us have become accustomed to life inside our phones and we rely so heavily on social media/online access.

This isn’t one of those judgy posts about how people spend too much time on their phones, oh noooo!! I am a user. There I said it. I am a phone junkie – at times I love it and sometimes it infuriates me.  I am well aware of my usage and I will often use the excuse of that “it’s my work”. In my defence, it mainly is for work (even though what I do doesn’t actually feel like work), but I do use for personal of course. Texts, calls, emails, messenger, WhatsApp etc.

But do I really need to spend the amount of time on my phone that I do? The simple answer is… no, of course, I don’t. I just need to get more organised and be more disciplined. Easier said than done.

So, I am going on a little quest and I am going to challenge myself to spend less time on my phone and the internet in general. I can’t take my hands off the keyboard fully as I have work commitments, but I need to focus on limiting my time on my phone and internet.

How do I plan on doing that? Well, I have chucked together some phone detox ideas but please feel free to share any of your tips in the comments below.

Life Inside Our Phone: 9 Phone Detox Ideas

  • Have Phone Free Nights or Days:

I have seen this one being done before. I am not sure how effective it is, but I am willing to give it ago. I’m thinking of a cut off time that I need to follow and once that time is reached, the phone goes off.

  • Leave Phone in Another Room:

I am a huge sucker for using my phone in bed and I think a great way to avoid this would be by leaving my phone in the home office overnight and check it in the morning – even then, I should only switch on after 9 am.

  • Delete Apps:

Most recently I have deleted apps from my phone – I do love a good app but the amount I had on my phone was obscene and totally unnecessary. I have filtered and deleted and organised apps into folders and I have noticed a huge drop in my phone usage.

  • Use Paper More:

I use ‘notes’ on my iPhone to record everything from blog post ideas to numbers or random thoughts in my head. But it means I am using my phone – from now on I am going to carry a notebook and pen around with me instead. I’m even contemplating another wall planner or calendar instead of using my online diary.

  • Bulk Read Online Articles:

I plan on setting a day to read articles online instead of reading on the go all the time. I spend a lot of time reading. I am either reading books, course content, emails, texts and online articles – it’s constant! I plan to save any that I spot that I like the look of and use one night or morning to read them all.

  • Distraction:

Not that I need much help with that having twins, work and a house to manage but make distractions from anything online related. 90% of the time, I shop online and really, I could make more of an effort to go physically shopping – it’s just I hate it and it generally costs a fortune when I take the girls and takes up precious family or work time. But if I organise myself properly, it might just work out for the best. I have also been making more of an effort to watch more films and read more books once I have finished my work for the evening.

  • Live Life:

Generally, we are a busy little family and we spend time lots of time with friends, on play dates, seeing family, going to all our happy places, walks/scooting, crafting, drawing and having lots of fun but could we be doing more? I believe we could be. We could be going on more adventures and be more spontaneous with our time. We need to take more trips and get out more – nothing stopped us before but since working from home and the girls being tired after nursery, it’s become harder to be as spontaneous as we used to be.

  • Swap Your Phone Camera for a Proper One:

This is one I am excited about as I really need to use my camera a lot more and learn more about it. It’s just so darn convenient to use a phone but I am going to make the swap and try my best to stick to it.

  • Get More Focused:

I love practising mindfulness and I love yoga and this will help me focus more on tasks. I am a sucker for working and grabbing my phone to check social media and emails. So from now on, I will focus on the task at hand and that alone.

Let me know what you think of my ideas and please hit me up with yours – sharing is caring.

 

 

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