Until a 2014, I didn’t have a data plan for my phone.
Until then, I didn’t even know how to check email on it.
Let’s make a pact to be better than that, to be – at least slightly – less addicted to our phones.
3 ways to be less obsessed with your phone
1. Leave it in the car
The number one reason I have a smartphone is that gorgeous, voice-guided GPS. I fail at maps and I don’t understand cardinal directions. (Whenever people say ‘Turn north off of 94″ I want to say “You know I don’t understand that. What if the sun’s down? JUST SAY RIGHT OR LEFT, A-HOLE.”)
But once I get to my destination, I could probably just go ahead and leave my phone in the glove compartment of my locked car. Unless we’re expecting a super important call or text, I imagine we could all be safely separated from our phones for two or three hours.
2. Turn off your notifications
Every time I’d see that little icon notifying me of a new email, I’d immediately feel slightly less calm and slightly less present in the moment. Did I miss a client deadline? Was my grandma okay? Did I finally hear back about that amazing sofa on Craigslist?
And all of a sudden, I wasn’t enjoying cocktails with my girlfriends, I was knee-deep in plans to rent a moving truck and pick up that couch.
3. Use actual, physical tools that serve the same needs (and use them with intention)
Each of these steps forces me to be a bit more intentional with my life + time and a bit more present in my life.
Are you addicted to your phone? How have you tried to get over that?