If you’re reading this, well done on good use of your screen time. See, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Using your screen time is no challenge; there are billions of ways we can think of to spend our time while engaging with our informative yet, time guzzling devices. But what about when it’s time to cut the time altogether?
1. Don’t Scroll in Bed
Why is it so hard to fall asleep without the help of your last-minute information intake? Using your phone to fall asleep can become a habit quickly. Doing this can cause you to feel more awake and psychologically stimulated, which only makes it more difficult to fall asleep both mentally and physically.
2. Charge Away
Be strategic with where you place your phone to charge. For example, in the bedroom, don’t place it somewhere that is close to your bed, enabling you to be active on it as it charges. An example of the previous point would be to instead place it somewhere with a distance that physically requires you to get up and put it down before heading to sleep.
This concept can be applied at work, as well as when spending time with others. Look at a recharge for your phone as a recharge for yourself.
3. Eat Screen-Free
Ever heard of that game where everyone places their phones on the table at dinner, and the first to reach for it is the one to pay? Try not to roll your eyes, but there’s something to the concept. Dining is a chance to unwind, and often bond with others that you share meals with. Even if you’re alone, you’re risking the content of your screen, invading your time.
You fully solicit whatever information is contained in your device when you place it front and center. Not to mention, putting your phone away during meals can help to avoid digestive issues and overeating.
4. Safe Driving Settings
The age of information has presented us with many innovations, and with them, challenges. Luckily, there are preventative measures that can be taken to ensure safety. Drivers can become very easily distracted by devices, and it’s complicated because it isn’t as though we don’t need them at all. We use our cells for GPS, music, and communication.
Screens are very common in the car, but there are apps and phone settings that allow you to set parameters on your driving. Also, it might not be a terrible idea to mount your device to keep it out of your hands.
5. Make More Calls
A great way to limit the time you spend communicating on messaging systems, social media, or texting is to make as many calls as possible. Often, a twenty-minute text exchange can be a five-minute phone call. Making calls will foster the tendency for others to make them to you.
6. Monitor it Closely
The most effective start to limiting your screen time is to fail at ignoring it. Most smartphones and devices offer an insight into the breakdown of your screen time. Though cringeworthy, it’s a fantastic opportunity for you to relish in awareness. Don’t beat yourself up over it, but do give it a healthy checking and stay up to date.
There you have it friends, your go-to hacks for cutting down on the glow of your screen to get back that lively glow in real life.