5 Simple Ways I Broke My Phone Addiction

I was addicted to my phone.  I realized it when my phone got some water damage and it had to be resuscitated at the local fix-it place.  I didn't even have the phone at my house and I was grabbing at thin air for at least the first 24 hours it was gone.

I know I am not alone because at a stoplight the other day I looked over to see the person next to me looking at their phone.  The stories we could tell of where and when we see people using their phones could go on and on.  Phone addiction is an epidemic.

So, I wrapped up 2017 on a mission to spend more time unplugged and break my phone addiction.  One of my 2 year old daughter's favorite pastimes is playing on her pretend phone, she didn't just learn that.  It's not easy but it's so worth it.  I want my kids to live by my example.  So, here are 5 simple ways I am kicking my phone addiction.

1.  Opt Out of all Push Notifications

Every app gives you the option for push notifications, you know those things that might ding or show up on your locked phone screen.  Just say no to all of them!  I am more apt to pick up my phone when it dings for every notification and then run down the rabbit hole of being on my phone for 15 minutes (at least).      You can change your notification settings on your apple device by going to settings, then notifications, and choosing the apps you want to change (as seen above).

2.  Keep Your Phone on Vibrate

I know this one is hard for us moms because what if the school calls?  I check my phone often enough that I don't need the ringer on.  The only downside to having the phone on vibrate is it's a lot harder to find if it gets lost (maybe that's not a bad thing ;).

3.  Leave Your Phone Plugged in Out of Sight

If there is a particular time of day you really struggle to keep your hands off your phone, plug it in and leave it.  The old adage rings true, "out of sight, out of mind".  So often, I mindlessly grab for my phone when I don't need to.  Putting it out of sight helps me to avoid the temptation.  When you are in the car, leave it in your purse as you are driving, so you are less likely to pull it out at a stoplight or worse yet driving #donttextandrive.

4.  Download Phone Use Tracker

I use the Moment app (this is not sponsored by the way).  After using it for about 4 weeks, I can see weekly trends.  My heaviest usage days are Monday-Wednesday when I am doing more social media work for the blog.  It also highlights your phone usage in green (good days), yellow (medium usage) and red (high usage).  It's like a Fitbit for your phone.

5.  Delete Most Used Apps for a Period

Occasionally, if I really want to unplug I will delete my favorite apps on my phone.  It's amazing how much less time I spend on my phone with social media apps deleted.  It normally takes me at least 24-48 hours to completely overcome the urge, isn't that crazy?  After some time, I can reinstall and have a healthier relationship with those apps ;).

You can also see how much you are using your phone by going to settings, choosing battery, clicking last 24 hours or 7 days, and then clicking the clock icon.

Technology can be so good, I mean hello I need it for blogging and connecting with all of you.  I just want to cultivate healthy habits not only for myself but also to be a role model to my kids as they start to engage with it themselves!

Anyone else have a New Years resolution to break your phone addiction?  How are you intentional with your phone usage?  Share your tips, I love learning from you all!

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko
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