The ability to be constantly connected to everything and everyone. Call, text, email, ‘Snap’, ‘WhatsApp’, ‘Tweet’, ‘Insta’, your way of giving and receiving information is infinite.
To read and reply to that email before work tomorrow, call ahead to let someone know you’re on your way home, receive a drunken text in the middle of the night asking for love advice. The ability to reach, or be reached, at any time of the night or day, regardless of where we are is a blessing to some people.
But what happens when you just want to switch off?
Have you ever panicked when you’ve left the house without your phone? Or even worse lost it with no recollection of where it might be? This is a situation more of us are beginning to find ourselves in. The stress of being without it and ‘fomo’ (fear of missing out) is starting to take a firm grasp of us. Our reliance on access to information is beginning to take a toll on some of us who struggle to then ‘switch off’.
A way to limit the time you spend on your phone is to plan set usage time to your routine. Whether this is text messages, emails or instagram, by allocating a set time period of which to use your phone allows you to be more efficient at what you need to do, or stop wasting time on unimportant things and getting caught up.
There are a couple of ways to do this are:
Option 1. Set a timer on your phone, starting at 15 minute intervals, to check your phone for emails/texts/social media content, and spend just 2 minutes doing so. Then set the timer and go again. Increase the length of time little by little. Practice doing one task at a time in your 2 minutes. Either check your emails, OR texts, OR social media.
Option 2. Set aside specific time periods for tasks, set your timer and stick to it. Eg. 8am-8.15am. catch up on emails 12pm-12.15pm. check instagram over lunch. 6.30pm-6.45pm. check missed texts and whatsapp messages from the day.
During the night, a it is best to put your phone in ‘do not disturb’ or airplane mode from a set time until you wake in the morning. E.g. 10pm – 6am. This will help to ensure you get a good sleep without any disturbances.
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