If you worked in a job with an overly demanding colleague, would you drop everything your currently working on to meet their requests?
Then why do we act like this when it comes to our smartphones?
Every time the phone pings to let us know you have a new message, notification of a like or a “BREAKING NEWS” update we never actually asked for but can’t work out how to switch off, we can’t help dropping everything we’re doing to have a look.
These distractions are cutting into our productivity and killing our ability to socialise – how many times have you been out with friends and find you get to a point in the conversation when most/all the group have turned to their phones?
It’s time we started thinking smarter:
Action One: Usage time
Allocate your smartphone usage into set time when you have browsing time, rather than continued, constant passive usage throughout the day.
This turns your usage of your phone into something like any other task where you dedicate a time in your day to do this. You’ll notice the benefit as it stops you being on alert for the electronic validation machine.
Action Two: Social time
When you are out in the real world living your life, don’t respond to any messages you receive on demand.
This is a good habit to get into because no one (unless it is an emergency), should be expecting someone to respond to messages instantly.
Enjoy your social life and then respond when you are alone – this will stop you being rude ignoring the person who wants to spend time with you at the expense of someone who doesn’t.
Even better is not to get too into an instant message back and forth – turn it into an action (I’ll meet you/call you), this is a much easier communication approach than jabbing away with thumbs and fingers at a screen for hours.
Action Three: Relationship time
Recognise family time, recognise time with your other half – don’t become the couple where you’re both sat at opposite ends of the couch flicking through your own respective tiny screens.
Put the phone away in a room where it is not easily accessible, such as a drawer.
Now look at your kids, then your partner and interact.
Action Four: Sleep time
Phone use affects your sleep.
This is because of the ‘bluelight’ in your phone, this messes with the retinas and makes your brain think it’s day light. The simple solution is to switch your phone off at night to allow you to sleep.
Often when I suggest this to people they say
“But wait, I need my phone as an alarm so I know when to get up!”
May I suggest you try one of these?
This modern piece of technology is called an alarm clock – not only does it help you tell the time, but you can also set it to make a loud noise so you know when to get up.
Best of all it’s not dependent on your smartphone…
The time in your life is precious and limited, it’s easy to waste more time than you realise being on your smartphone.
Follow these tips to be more effective with your time management, and if you have any other ideas on smarter smartphone usage, please drop me a comment below.
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Thanks for reading, wishing you the best in your success.
James @Perfect Manifesto.
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