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.
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.
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.
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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