Do you feel that your smartphone controls your life and you can’t concentrate on your daily activities? If that’s the case, you are addicted, and you need to do something about it. Fortunately, it’s possible to reclaim your life and stop your phone from interfering with the vital things you need to do on a daily basis. This is what I call a downside to technology.
However, this does not imply that we have to stop usage of phones completely. They are good and have, in fact, made things easy. Cell phone addiction is not listed as a mental disorder in the new DSM-5 yet, however many experts compare it to a gambling addiction.
With that said, here a few great ways to practice in order to reduce your reliance on cell phone use.
Turn It off When You Get into Your Car
Well, this should be a law, and we should, in fact, look forward to the day it will become, and we all follow. It’s one of those habits that are reported to be among the causes of accidents. But should we wait until it’s made a law, so we are serious about it? No, we need to manage and end it completely. Your mind can’t be in two places at the same time. Even in Physics, there is no one thing that can occupy same space at the same time. Therefore, stop using yours whenever you are driving and do not yield to temptation of using it.
Stop Playing With It at Night
If every night you find yourself playing video games, text messaging, or even chatting on Facebook, then that’s a serious addiction, and you need to stop to stop it. You are losing your precious time over smartphone addiction. Sleep is a basic need and the moment you start giving more time to your phone than to the needs, you’re playing with your well-being and health. It’s not only serious but also makes you ineffective when it comes to doing the things that you should always do.
Create No-Smartphone Times
It’s a fact that working nowadays is highly affected by phone alerts that do not even relate to the activities we do. Work is constantly distracted, and the trend seems not to have an end any soon. However, we can end it by beginning the journey to stopping it at personal levels. That way, we’ll be able to concentrate on our daily work and be more productive. Ask those successful men around you what they do, and you’ll realize that one of their secrets to being successful is by avoiding unnecessary distractions.
Follow those tips and your smartphone will help you carry out activities effectively instead of being the reason behind your failure to be productive at work.
If you are are unsure whether or not you even have a cell phone addiction, read this great guide by Psychguide.
If you know someone that you believe has a cell phone addiction, share this with your friends and family members so we may bring awareness on this often neglected topic. This goes more than just texting while driving, even though that is a very serious issue today!