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  • How To Stay Away From Your Phone

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    How much time do you spend on your phone? More than what you want to? Because same! I can’t help it! I see the screen lighting up and I feel this irresistible need to check my phone out, see the cause of that notification. My brain sings “do it, do it, do it” and I do it. Yet, as I did rethink my use of Instagram and changed my approach to the app, I noticed that I spent way less time on my phone!

    When it comes to Instagram of course! But what about other apps, other things? Because they too send notifications, light up my screen, push me to check my phone out! And prevent me to do other things. I have no will power. So I needed to come up with some easy solutions to stay away from my phone, reduce my screen time and make the most of the time I save! And here they are!

    1. Turn off notifications

    What makes you look at your phone when you don’t really need to? The screen lighting up and a notification popping up. As I am writing this, I got two notifications from Instagram so of course, I had to unlock the screen and check them out. The thing with Instagram and social media in general is that, it has a very high opportunity cost. Do you really think you will only check that notification? Of course not! You will probably also watch a few stories, scroll for a bit, like some photos, and just like that, it’s an hour gone!

    My advice? Even if it kills you, go into your settings, and turn off notifications for each app one by one. Not all apps of course, but the one that are most likely to bombard you with notifications: Instagram, twitter, facebook. If the app does not notify you that someone liked your photo, you won’t know so are less likely to check it out.

    2. Put your phone on silent and sleep mode

    I would not turn all notifications off. Social media yes, whatsApp and messages? No. Because when it comes to those, you never know, but they might need a very quick answer. However, you don’t have to hear your phone vibrate each time something comes up. Especially if you are at work or just trying to have a quiet evening in. How it works? So easy, you switch off to silent mode. You can decide what sort of silent mode you want in your settings: wether total silent or a vibration.

    iOS also gives you the choice to silence text and calls, or just texts. So that if you someone calls you, you phone will still ring. But in the end, text will light up your screen but won’t make your phone ring. You can also put your phone in sleep mode so that nothing shows up on your screen. It is perfect when you are watching a movie or sleeping.

    3. Unable private and work emails

    This is something I talked about already in a previous blog post. I used to have my work email on my phone. Of course, in the evening or over the weekend, my inbox would always become packed with new emails. Thus, I was always so tempted to check them out, have a read and sometimes even send a reply. On my free time!

    Removing your work emails from your phone helps you get rid off a stress factor (you are at home, you can’t do much for work even if it is urgent, so better not know and have a relaxing weekend), remove the temptation to check them out and helps have a clean break with work once you get home. Plus, of course, it makes you spend less time on your phone. As a rule of thumb, I would not add my work email to my phone. I’d check them out on my laptops if need be, but that’s it. When it comes to private emails, at the weekend, I unable them and switch them back on when the week starts again.

    4. Remove all unnecessary apps

    By unnecessary apps, I mean the ones that you downloaded just to fill the space on your phone, that are not essential to your lifestyle and that you might check out once in a blue moon. Also, gaming apps. Yes, yes, sure, Candy Crush is great when you are on the tube, commuting to work. But let’s be honest, you’ll play even when not on the tube and you’ll spend a lot of time doing it. I know what I am talking about. Remove those and go grab a book!

    Think about all the apps on your phone that you check out, out of reflex or boredom. Do you really need them there? Even apps that may seem essentials to you, might actually not be. As in you won’t miss them. For example, I deleted Facebook from my phone because it was there, blue and shiny, and I rarely checked it out. Only when I had a red dot at the corner to tell me something was on. I’d open the app just to remove the dot (yeah, it disturbs me). Time to Marie Kondo your phone and remove some temptation!

    5. Keep your phone far away from you

    Your phone is like a cookie. If it is there, you want to eat one. Until the jar is empty. You might get an indigestion at the end but you still got all the cookies. If your phone is next to you, it’s easy to grab it and unlock it. Especially if not all notifications have been turned off. Because you can well see your screen lighting up! Leave your phone on the table when you are on the couch. On your night stand when you read a book. Face down, so that the light produced when it received a notification won’t distract you.

    You can also stay away from your phone in situation where it is not absolutely needed. Write a list on paper when grocery shopping. Leave the phone in your bag while in the office. Leave it home while going to the restaurant. You might feel naked without “your precious” at first but will get used to it and will find being without it quite agreeable. 

    Another trick for iPhone users is to turn your screen to black and white. Android users don’t get the option but it can be quite radical for iOS users. Go into Settings / General / Accessibility / Display & Text Size / Color Filters. Everything on your phone will be white, grey or black. And those colors aren’t of the happy type. If looking are you phone makes you sad (because it’s grey, got it?), then you won’t look at it that much! I think. Maybe. I need to try this one to make sure!

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    How much time do you spend on your phone? How do you stay away from it? What are your top tips to spend less time on your smartphone? 

    Thanks for stopping by. Hope you liked this post.

    Photos by Junya Yashiki

    See you soon,
    Love,
    Corinne.

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    16 Comments

    1. October 28, 2019 / 4:55 pm

      Corinne you look fantastic in your autumn outfit! I need to shop at SheIn more often?

      Ok it’s so true, putting your phone far away from you keeps you from over using it! When I go to bed I set my across the room, so when I wake up, I wake with me and not with the thought of reaching for my phone as soon as the sun rises.

      Really good post!

      Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    2. October 28, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      Firstly, great post! I love how easy it is to read, and the photos are gorgeous!

      I spend a lot of time on my phone due to blogging. I use the ‘forest’ app to schedule time off.

    3. October 28, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      I’m such a bad procrastinator! I need to start putting mine far away. I think I’d get up earlier if it was at the other side of the door, so I’d have to physically get out of bed.

      (Also you look great in the autumn outfit!)

      Ash | https://thisdreamsalive.com

    4. October 28, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      This is something I’ve been trying to work on – I do a lot of work from my phone with my job, so it doesn’t help but I’ve tried to make a rule now that I don’t look at my phone until 10am but it doesn’t happen but some days it does – I use “do not disturb” mode on my iPhone and it doesn’t show me notifications until it’s off!

      Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    5. October 28, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      These are all great tips – I’m a big believer in just putting your phone away somewhere where you aren’t! Also love your jumper.

      Jas xx

    6. October 28, 2019 / 5:12 pm

      I struggle mightily with not looking at my phone notifications – as I’m typing this I can see the blue light flashing on it already. I have all app notifications turned off but not emails because I have work, personal and blog related accounts on there. I like your tip about deleting apps that you don’t use very often and reaching for a book instead (goodbye Gummy Drop) that’s one I will have to try and put into practice. Great tips, thank you! X

      Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    7. October 28, 2019 / 5:27 pm

      Oh my goodness, I absolutely *love* your sweater! So autumnal. In fact, your whole outfit is lovely!
      I’m absolutely terrible for constantly being on my phone. I know it drives my husband mad that I lie there in bed staring at my phone for hours but I can’t stop. I’ve turned all my notifications for apps like Twitter and Instagram off – I prefer it, too, as then it’s a bit more exciting to log on and see a lot of notifications at once! I had no idea you could turn the colours on your phone off! I’ll need to try that!

    8. October 28, 2019 / 5:29 pm

      This is super helpful as I am terrible at overusuing my phone ?

    9. Daisy
      October 28, 2019 / 6:09 pm

      You looked incredible!! I’m in love with your look! I try to stay away from my home when my mental health suffers and some of these tips will really help me!

    10. October 28, 2019 / 6:35 pm

      My phone has to be on silent at work so it is automatically always on vibrate. I love that I have my watch connected though so if I get a message or anything it comes up there, this way I know if my phone is worth picking up or if it a useless notification.

      Abigail.
      http://www.abigailtalksabout.com

    11. Kayleigh Zara
      October 28, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      I totally agree with this tbh! I always have my notifications turned off and I kept my phone on do not disturb for the most part haha! X

      Kayleigh Zara ?✨ http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

    12. October 28, 2019 / 10:31 pm

      These are such great tips! I spend WAY too much time on my phone and need these reminders to stay off of it! I’ve been trying to take little breaks from using it (same with social media sometimes!) and I feel like I’ve freed up so much of my time just by NOT having my phone right by my side!

      Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    13. October 28, 2019 / 10:43 pm

      Great tips! I had a moment about a month or two ago where I decided that I need to put my phone down more, I started monitoring my screen time more and set myself targets for reducing it each week. I’ve been using the Forest app a lot when I’m working too which stops me procrastinating by checking my notifications all the time x

      Sophie
      http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    14. October 29, 2019 / 3:58 pm

      I always have my phone on silent mode. Unless I’m expecting a work related call or email, I’m actually really good about staying away from my phone. For the most part. There are instances when I’m just bored and want to puruse. Thankfully, I usually just grab a book though!

      Casey Anne | https://ItsCaseyAnne.com

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