5 Steps To Taking Back Your Brain And Breaking Your Addiction To Smartphones
Every time I think about deactivating my Facebook account, canceling my cell phone service or disconnecting from the internet, I find a reason to stay connecting. Many smartphone and internet users agree that certain electronics can be a distraction, but they’re a distraction that we can’t live without.
Most of us constantly check our text messages, emails and social media pages for updates and as a result, we’ve turned into a disconnected society. They help us organize our schedules but according to author Vickie Milazzo, they have a definite downside.
Vickie suggest 5 easy steps to take back your life from your smartphone, recover your common sense and rediscover what it means to be productive.
Turn off cyberspace. There’s no greater blow to productivity than breaking your concentration to reply to an email or text as soon as it hits your smartphone. Remember, no award will be handed out at the end of the day for the person who responded the fastest. “If you’re doing nothing but responding to emails and texts, you’re bouncing around like a pinball,” says Milazzo. “It’s also important to keep in mind that the purpose of email and texts is not to generate more email and texts. Unless a response is necessary in order for the sender to move ahead on a task or project, it’s okay to let them have the last word. The more you’re connected to your smartphone the less you’re connected to yourself and the important task at hand.”
Tame the social media beast. Smartphone apps make it fun and easier than ever to read our friends’ status updates and to see the photos they’ve posted on Facebook. It makes us feel good when they “like” something we’ve posted or when we’re tagged in one of their photos. That’s one reason social media is so addicting – it’s like experiencing human hugs all day long. Now that you understand why you like it, it’s time to tame the beast and take back your time.
Turn off the lights and your phone. More and more of us are using our smartphones as watches and alarm clocks, keeping it plugged in to recharge on the bedside overnight. So long as your phone is plugged in, so are you. Take a break from your phone. If it’s by the bed you’ll get those late night calls, tweets and texts that interfere with precious sleep.
Crunch kale instead of candy. Games are fun but they have their place and that’s not at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table. Words with Friends can wait until you’ve had words and meals with family. Our second rule bans smartphones from the table whether we’re at home or in a restaurant with friends.
There’s no room in the restroom for a phone call. We all know that smartphones carry more germs than a toilet seat – so why contaminate your bathroom with your phone? “As a nurse, I can confidently tell you that the last place you want to be sitting and using your smartphone is a toilet seat and I don’t care how many paper liners you’ve stacked up on that seat,” says Milazzo. “Not to mention – you’re sharing your business with total strangers.”
About the Author:
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, is author of the New York Times bestseller Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman. From a shotgun house in New Orleans to owner of a $16-million business, New York Times best-selling author Milazzo shares the innovative success strategies that earned her a place on the Inc. list of Top 10 Entrepreneurs and Inc. Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America.