Even before I started reading 12 Ways Your Smart Phone is Changing You*, I’ve had a strong desire to break the chains locking me to my cell phone. This is not as easy as it sounds, as you might guess. I use my phone for so much of my work, 2 sources of income are literally all app-based. So it’s a little tricky.
My plan lately is to have a certain time I shut my phone off, and then a certain time I power it back on in the morning. I guess most habits take time to develop, right? So this is turning into a marathon, not a sprint.
Original plan: off at 10pm, on at 8am
Is it working? Wellllllllllllll, some days it does, others, not so much. I’m still tweaking the routine but I’m determined to make this a priority for my daily life. I don’t want to be a slave to this device! It’s a fantastic tool for work, as I mentioned above about the jobs I have that are app-based, and can help keep in touch with people all over the world… but real life is happening all around me, not just in my small Nokia smartphone.
Do you have any methods of “disconnecting” that have worked for you? Chime in below and let me know!
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-Out of the Wilderness
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Happy to see this as I hate smart phones now…actually since I left Africa and came back to the US; everyone here seems addicted.
recommended read, Digital Minimalism: stay focused in a noisy world (or something like that)
Hey! Yes, addiction is the perfect word. And addiction is what media companies need us to be. I just put a reservation on Digital Minimalism… I’m curious to start reading it when it’s available. Were smart phones less of a thing where you were in Africa?