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Woops. It's been a little bit.
I've been taking time to
watch a lot of youtube vlogs get my ducks in a row, and regrouping before 2018. The break has been refreshing.... but I must admit that blogging is like going to the gym.
Once you fall off the wagon, it is really hard to get back on.
While I did miss blogging every couple of days, the break has been really refreshing. We spend too much time looking at screens... and it's hard to find the time to take a break from technology.
At this point it is muscle memory for us to pick up our phones every time we have a free second. Time is one of the most valuable resources we have.... and we're all wasting it looking at our phones (THANKS APPLE).
Heading into the holidays, people have more free time from work and/or are motivated to start new goals. What will be the death of all of those things? Our phones and the internet.
To inspire you to make the most of your free time, and start 2018 sans addicted to your phone (or less addicted to your phone), here are my....
Top Tips for Disconnecting From the Internet, and Being More Productive
Give them a try. I promise you'll be pleased with the results.
1. Have a morning routine
I don't mean this in an annoying do-yoga-and-drink-pressed-juice type of way. I just mean don't spend the first 30-45 minutes of your day in bed, scrolling on your phone.
Don't get me wrong - it's fun to catch up on social media. And you totally can still do that... after you get up, wash your face, brush your teeth, check the weather, and start the coffee maker.
2. Don't use your phone as an alarm
Ergo, forgo the temptation of starting your day on your phone by getting a real alarm clock. We are all human. It's hard to not put your phone away if it's already in your hand. Remove the temptation. Don't use your phone as an alarm.
3. Power down before bed
You'll sleep better if you don't spend your evening staring at a screen. Try putting down your phone/electronics 30 minutes before you go to bed.
This one is hard - I am literally in bed writing this at 10:30 p.m. For that reason don't consider this all or nothing. If you mess up, try again the next night.
4. Don't sleep with your phone next to your bed
On that note, don't sleep with your phone next to your bed. I sleep with mine in my bathroom to remove temptation... and guess what? It works. Simply removing it from arms reach makes me use it considerably less.
5. Keep yourself busy
Easier said than done. It's our instinct to pick up our phones if we have a free minute. Heck, we'll pick up our phone if we have a free second. This is why you need to keep yourself busy. Do something that involves your hands - cook, do a puzzle, color, read.
Make a choice about how you're going to spend your time, even if it is just picking up a magazine. If you're indecisive, you'll just pick up your phone (and waste your time).
6. Schedule your posting/social media time
Sometimes you're on your phone because you want to post on social media, but you're not sure when or what to post. So, you keep opening the app and scrolling for inspiration..
I use programs like UnionMetrics and SquareLovin to determine my best posting times on social media. Ergo, I don't waste time stressing about when my next picture will be. I wake up knowing I'll post a picture at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and inbetween, I can just browse and explore.
7. Delete social media apps you don't love
I don't have a Snapchat account (at all), and I don't use Facebook or Twitter on my phone.
If you find yourself instinctively opening apps you don't even care about, delete them. You won't miss them. I promise.
Even though it's been almost a year, I am still telling my best friends that the reason I don't respond to their snaps is because I don't have Snapchat. Clearly no one has missed me.
8. Leave your phone in your bag while driving
Dream with me here folks - imagine a world where we don't spend every red light looking at our phones. Why do we do that? Why can we not complete a simple task (like waiting for a light to turn green) without grabbing our phones?
It's simple - leave your phone in you bag when driving and practice the art of patience.
9. Leave your phone in another room
This is another great way remove the instinct of reaching for your phone. If you don't actually need it, leave it in another room while you do work or chat with friends. You'll find you way back to it eventually.
10. Always be reading something
If you're always halfway through a good book, you're more likely to disengage and spend your free moments reading, not scrolling.
11. Get in public
I work from home, so if I want to just... watch Youtube and scroll on Pinterest... there is no one there to judge me.
That's why if I ever really need to get work done, I go somewhere public (library, coffee shop, bar) and sit where my screen is visible. Instantly productivity skyrockets.
12. Keep track of your time for a week
This is a really scary thing to do. I did it once and it actually caused anxiety and anguish. But it was also one of the most powerful self reflection exercises I've ever partaken in.
How to track your time: Print a half-hour time sheet. Track everything you do every half hour of the day for one week. No really. Everything. You. Do. Every. Half Hour. I promise, the results will shock you, upset you, and then convince you to get your booty into gear.
13. Let your phone die
If I see my phone on low battery (which is all the time - #iphone8plusproblems) I do this revolutionary thing where I just let it die. Instead of running to my charger and continuing to waste my life, I just let it die and don't plug it in until I need it again.
14. Actually say goodbye to people
If you're talking with someone on your phone and you need to meet someone else, want to go to bed... or flat out don't feel like talking, just say, "Alright I need to go. I'll message you later!"
Text them later when you have more time! Bada bing! It is that easy. You're able to put your phone down without guilt.
15. Go on a walk/run without you phone
This is my favorite tip! Actually leave your phone behind and go on a walk or jog. It is so refreshing.
I love to take breaks from writing by getting up and exploring my neighborhood.... without my phone!
What are your favorite tips for disconnecting? I would love it if you shared them in the comments below!
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