I have needed this post earlier..Thanks,
We've all become addicted to our phones and need to take back control! We can find anything on them..look up words, find out what time your favorite football team is playing, what restaurants are close by, use Google maps to find your destination, answer calls, texts, emails from family, friends and clients, check social media sites, its never ending!! We can choose so many different covers to change our look! The list continues to grow with each shiny new app that is sure to make life easier. But has it really made our life easier or become a crutch we can't live without and distracts us from life?
A friend sent me this link to a list of common sense ways to keep our phone from taking over our life! Productivity coach Chris Bailey shared 7 strategies to help us take back control of our dependence on our smart phones!
- #1. Use airplane mode even when not in the air. Brilliant! Put those calls on hold when trying to give our total attention to someone or something we are trying to concentrate on. # 2. Do a phone swap. When you are trying to enjoy time with friends swap your phone with a friend and monitor texts and calls. Only allow an important communication to be handed to your friend.
- #3. Designate a "distraction" device. I love this one..put all your social media, games and apps you use for fun on one device like your i-pad. You will consciously have to determine if you want to be distracted!
- #4. Create a "mindless" folder. If you just can't make yourself designate a distraction device then at least create one folder for all your distractions on your phone.
- #5. Prune your apps. Never hurts to clean house.
- #6. Mind the gaps. Stop checking your phone constantly! Enjoy your downtime and use little breaks to reflect and recharge.
- #7. Think twice before adding a new device to your life. Are you just "hiring" another device to do something for you? Just another redundant app? Stop, evaluate and add only those into your life with thoughtful intention.
Excerpted with permission from the new book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey, published by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Copyright © 2018 by Chris Bailey.