These days so many of us are accustomed to having our smartphones in reach at all times. With the way we have learnt to rely on technology in our every day lives, it is understandable if you feel attached to your phone. Not having constant access to a phone can be difficult at times but with the right techniques, it can be done. If you want to try spending some time apart from your smartphone, check out these three simple tips to get you started.
- Wear a watch
For people who wear a watch each day, this may seem like a basic concept. However, many people rely solely on their phones to tell them the time. If you are one of these people, you may find yourself glancing at your phone many times throughout the day to check the time. This can lead to additional phone usage. With an action as simple as wearing a watch, you can stay informed of the time and significantly reduce your screen time.
- Write down directions
Google Maps has made it so easy to type a location into our phones and go, with no prior knowledge of where we are headed. If you want to try getting around without relying on your phone’s live GPS function, try looking up directions ahead of time and making a record so that you understand where to go. You can use a physical map to follow directions instead of an online map. If in doubt, do not be afraid to ask someone nearby for help with directions.
- Carry a book with you
We often turn to our phone when we are bored or feel we have nothing else to do. This could happen while travelling on public transport, waiting for an appointment or during a lunch break. In these times when you might typically turn to your phone for entertainment, you could try picking up a book and reading instead.
If you are in need of a digital detox, you can get started with these simple methods. Good luck!