Reducing Screen Time
January 14, 2020
Laura Lee

With every Sunday, I am curious to see what was my screen time during the passing week. After a few weeks of not very positive results, I have come to the conclusion that I wish to use my phone less. So, after doing some research and trying various approaches, here are my findings of helpful advices.

I am sure I am not the only one who uses her phone way too much. I have come to see what a waste of time it is, and how my phone keeps me away from focusing on things I need to do. So, without further ado, here are some of the tips I found to be most helpful.

First, use the App Limit option for apps you know you have time resisting. Though it can be reversed and has sort of a ‘snooze’ option, this can help you keep track of the amount of time that has passed. Often, we fail to see how much time we have been using our phones. These limits will help you keep track of the time in addition to setting boundaries.

Relating to this, turn off as many notifications as possible. This is an easy, fast, and useful way to cust down the level of distractions during the day. You don’t have to be interrupted over nonsense and things that aren’t truly crucial to you.

Another tip is keeping your phone away from your bed. You can’t let your phone be the first thing you see before you go to bed and the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. Besides the fact that it is unhealthy and makes sleeping harder, it will also lower the temptation to use your phone for longer than you anticipated; we often get so caught up in our phones, we forget we didn’t actually need to use it.

One last piece of advice, keep your phone away while you do something, not only in bed. While studying, reading, or even watching TV, keep your phone out of sight. The less often you check your phone for “just one thing,” the less often you get sucked into an hour of Instagram.

With the constant progression and evolution of technology, it is safe to say it isn’t going anywhere; and that’s a good thing. However, we must make sure that we remain healthy and have a life outside of the little screen.

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