I would lie if I said that I don’t check my phone every hour. I do.
But this is less than I used to, which was almost every 10 minutes. I slept with my phone, for goodness’ sake! I was texting at 3 am, getting no sleep and feeling stressed and tired.
Checking it every hour, now, is not a big deal, compared to how I used to be. And let’s face it, our phones contain a big part of our lifestyle – from our appointments and contacts to photos.
If you want to spend less time on your phone, here are three things you must do:
- First, decide that you will become a different person. Decide that you are now someone who checks their phone hourly and doesn’t scroll on Instagram while feeling bad about themselves. Decide that you will change.
- Second, go through your phone and delete all the junk you don’t need anymore. That means apps, photos, cookies, websites and downloads. Just have a major cleaning-out session – it will take you up to an hour if you have a lot of junk, but it will be well worth it.
- Third, create a schedule that works well for you. What do I mean by that? Just like in the first step, decide that you will check your phone every hour at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm etc. You can answer your phone when you receive one, sure, but reply to texts at a full hour only. Trust me, people can wait and if it is urgent, they will call.
To spend less time on your phone, you don’t need 10 different tips, just a mindset shift, a junk-free phone and a schedule.