In denial? Use Checky
Most of us don’t realise how much we use technology, but the average person checks their phone 150 times-a-day. Checky is an app that can help you identify how many times you check your phone in one day (checkyapp.com)
Switch off one at a time
If a complete digital blackout seems a bit too much, perhaps decide not to go on Facebook for a few days or ban your laptop on Sundays. Just make sure that you don’t over compensate and spend more time on other devices/platforms instead!
Turn off notifications and vibrate options
This is a great tip to stop your phone constantly demanding your attention. Without the constant beeps you will be able to switch off far more easily.
Delete social apps
This makes it less easy to idly browse social media throughout the day, so you should find your usage decreasing from this small change.
Buy an alarm clock
Having your alarm clock rather than your phone waking you up will mean you don’t get lost in the notifications which pop up overnight very first thing in the morning. It also breaks the dependence to your phone for everyday needs.
Check emails less
Schedule in specific email times (10am and 4pm work pretty well for us) rather than constantly checking throughout the day, you’ll decrease your stress levels and improve productivity.
Don’t do multi-tab browsing
Try to only have one or two tabs open in your browser at a time. We have got so used to multi-tab browsing that our attention is all over the place and we find it difficult to read a whole article or watch a video online without getting tempted to look at something else at the same time. Focus will help your absorption of the content and ability to remember it.
Manage your subscriptions
Too many emails? This all adds to the stress and lowering of productivity. Use Unroll Me (www.unroll.me) to aggregate all your subscriptions to send you a handy one-email summary of everything you’ve received that day.
Get outside in nature
Don’t underestimate the power and importance of the great outdoors. It is especially tempting to stay inside with Netfix on a cold winter’s day, but having some time outside has been proven to help with mood related disorders. Plus it’ll mean getting your body moving and get you feeling more connected, in the right way.
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