(… coincidentally cestchristine did a similar post yesterday with more ideas to lessen your screen time….great minds)
I came up with a compromise…intermittent fasting, like the new diet craze! Here’s how I’m thinking it could work.
- No phone or Ipad browsing for 12 hours on Wednesdays…so 6-6, 7-7 or 8-8.
- Turn off notifications on your apps so you’re not tempted.
- Leave your phone buried in your purse or top drawer at work (with the volume up for phone calls), instead of on your desk.
At first I thought, “I’ll just leave my phone at home when I go to work” but decided against it. I don’t have a land-line or answering machine, so I just don’t think I could be that out of touch in case of a real emergency….earthquake?? (I don’t get that many calls/texts, but I want to know it’s there in case I do). Leaving it in my purse or top drawer will be my compromise.
It may not seem like such a big deal, but by eliminating 12 hours of Instagram/Words with Friends/solitaire, I’m hoping I get more done around the house, read more, etc… and be more present. Join me in this little experiment…you still get to do some browsing when you wake up and before you go to bed..c’mon let’s do it!!
….and sorry, in advance, if I don’t answer you right away on Wednesdays!
“Every journey begins with a small step”….Chinese Proverb
just ask her
You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!
Yes! I think just being aware of it is the first step: with work, I can’t totally step away from my phone all day but I do want to try to stop as much mindless scrolling as I’m doing. One thing someone suggested to me that I haven’t tried yet (probably because I know it would work too well!) is changing your phone to grayscale: https://lifehacker.com/change-your-screen-to-grayscale-to-combat-phone-addicti-1795821843 Might be worth trying out!
Thanks for the grayscale suggestion! I’ll try it out!