If you’re like me, you spend so much time on your phone and it really has little to do with talking. If it is in your hand or back pocket even, there is a constant urge to use it. Got to check my email, take a photo, share it with a friend or use it to update my status, look stuff up, read the news (which may really be just gossip or trash because one thing leads to another. Notice there is nothing in that list about phone calls.
Solution: It’s beyond time to take control of your phone instead of your phone controlling your time. Here are some steps:
- Turn off notifications. Trust me – you don’t need a pop-up to tell you someone tagged you on Facebook or someone else posted on Instagram for the first time in a long time. You also don’t need to know you have a new email that is probably from Amazon asking you to rate your last purchase.
- Use phone time as reward time. – There is no doubt it is fun to use social media, play video games and check a video but fun times should come after you’ve finished work or during a scheduled break. Make some rules for yourself. (Pretend you are your own teenager!)
- Set a timer. It is easy to think you’ll take a five minute break and check emails and then 45 minutes later you are still on the phone. You’ve got a timer. Use it. Set it for five or 10 minutes and then go back to what you really need to be doing.
- Silence it. If you are working on a big project, block out an hour or two and silence your phone. Let calls go to voice mail. Concentrate so you can really get things done and then return messages.
Until next time …