Who needs a smartphone detox? **Raises Hand**
Over the past 10 years, smartphones have slowly taken over our lives. We have tons of information right at our fingertips. Our real life interactions are disappearing and are stuck in our apps, group messages and emails. According to the Huffington Post, 84% of people admitted to not be able to go a day without their phones.
Although it’s hard to image life before text messages and social media there are some great benefits to “unplugging” from our devices:
-Your attention span can improve
-Your will knock out your to-do list faster. Yup! Productivity goes way up. I don’t know about you, but my chore list is a mile long.
-Stress level will go down. Who else feels like they need to have a drink in the middle of the day?
-Connections with family and friends can improve. We all love this one:)
I have been on a personal journey to be more present among family, friends and real life events. The positives above definitely encourage me even more.
So are you ready to dive into the smartphone detox? Ready or not here it comes!
This 7 daily task list will jump start you into being more aware of overloading on technology. Of course, you can start any day of the week, but this schedule is ideal for a Monday Start.
Smart Phone Detox
Plan to have a meal with family/friends without your phone. Encourage everyone at the table to do the same. You will be surprised how easy it is when all is involved.
Unsubscribe to unwanted email listings. I have used unroll.me to help clear out all subscriptions at one time. Check it out. It’s amazing 🙂
Turn off your notifications and do not log in for the day. Yes the day! lol. You can take it a step further and delete the apps from your phone. If you do this remind me to give you some extra cool points.
Put your text messages on “do not disturb” for the day. I think I am in 5-6 different group texts. Insane I know. I recently got out of a meeting and had 57 new text messages within an hour.
iPhone users follow these steps:
From the settings app>Do Not Disturb> From here you can then can schedule your do not disturb time, allow calls from those from your favorite listing or do it manually.
If you do not have this feature on your device, you will just have to use a little extra willpower 🙂
According to Common Sense Media, 54% of teens think their parents check their phones too often.
Some of us are guilty of sleeping with our phones. According to addictiontips.com, “80% of people ages 18-24 sleep with their phones right beside them.”
When you go to bed leave your phone in another room, such as the bathroom. If you use your phone as an alarm just put it close enough outside the room so you can hear it. This will also help you get out of bed in the morning faster 🙂
When you get up in the morning check your emails and do not check them again until that evening. I reserved this for a Saturday task to make things a little easier. You’re welcome!
Spend the day doing a family activity. Try to aim for at least 2 hours of no phone time.
So there you have it! The 7-day smartphone detox. I hope these tasks encourage you to be more present.
While our devices are great, they can sometimes get in the way of what is truly important. Do all things in moderation and you will be just fine.
Bookmark this or print it out and save for future use. Who said you only have to do this once 🙂
Got questions? Email me over on Natural HIGH