Having a cell phone affords us a lot of opportunities to connect with people, but sometimes, technology also gets in the way. I know that I spend more time than I’d like to admit just looking at my phone. While it is a necessary part of my life, and one of the ways I wind down, I try to limit the time I spend dazed by screens.
Here are 6 times when I really TRY to refrain from using my phone:
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1. When Eating
I am a fairly messy eater, so I try to keep my phone out of the kitchen and dining experience entirely! When I need to see my device to follow a recipe, I use velcro strips to stick my iPad to the cabinet. Besides the mess factor, I try to enjoy my meals fully, instead of mindlessly eating while pursuing Instagram. :-)
2. On a Date
Giving someone 100% of your attention is not only respectful, but I tend to enjoy myself more when I’m fully engaged in a conversation! This goes for friends and my kids, too – everyone loves being listened to. :-)
3. In the Bathroom
There is a lot of airborne bacteria flying around the bathroom, and that is not something I want to expose my cell phone to!
4. On Vacation
Most of my trips are for business these days, but when I do get a real vacation, I try to take a break from the digital world. Even if it’s only for a day or two, it feels so nice not to worry about notifications and responding to messages quickly! I don’t realize how much my phone bothers me until I actually put it away for a little while!
5. During Me-Time
Whenever I’m treating myself to time with a book, an afternoon in the garden, or a quick spa session; I leave my cell phone out of it. Taking time to disconnect is calming to me, and my me-time just flies by if I’m n my phone!
6. Before Bed
This one is a challenge for me. I’ve always had trouble sleeping, and ability to be constantly entertained by a tiny screen is just so tempting! Besides the trouble of wasting hours, the lights from the screen send signals to your brain that you need to stay awake, making it even harder to fall asleep.
Remember, your phone doesn’t have to be on all the time and you don’t always have to answer it immediately.
Be in control of your phone, don’t let it control you!
The App Moment tracks your usage and notifies you when you reach the limit that you previously set. You can customize usage for when you’re at work or for the weekends. Sometimes I just need a reminder to set down my phone and enjoy my surroundings. :-)