I have no idea whether the application Whatsapp is back up or not. But I will check it after I post this article! 🙂
Anyway, last week’s article, Part 1, was about the onslaught of the smartphone is our lives. So in Part II, I am going straight into how we can make these nifty gadgets more useful in our lives than destructive.
1. Prioritize: Your Life Or Your Phone?
Simple but true. You allow your phone to run your life, the same way I allowed it to mess with my sleeping patterns. These days, I feel really good about the fact that when it is time to sleep, I actually sleep, and it has made me a lot less grumpy in the mornings. This change had to happen because I took a critical look at how much my phone was occupying a lot of time that I could be using to work on other things, like this website, or planning my day and other projects. I just made a decision that building a legacy is much more important than occupying my time with silly politics or entertainment. What really matters to you that your phone is interfering it? Find a way to make those things a much bigger priority than playing Candy Crush! Stop making your phone a prisoner of your every move.
2. Be Aware Of Your Urges At All Times And Set Boundaries!
We all have our times and moods when we use our phones. Many times we put ourselves in danger, texting on the road or losing concentration to feel for it while driving. Know your boundaries. Is it really that important to reply to a text message while driving on the highway? Is it worth risking your life to frantically search for the ringing phone while your about to overtake a car? There have been numerous accidents that have been caused because of using our phones at the wrong time. I made my life a lot easier by setting up a radio with bluetooth in my car, which has made driving so much more of a pleasure for me. My mind can be thinking about one less thing, thank God. Know how much of a time waster or a dangerous device your phone can be to you, and make a plan to mitigate these risks.
3. Control Your Environment!
If you read my articles, you will know that your environment is a catalyst that can cause you to act on your urges. So if you must, keep your phone away from you physically instead of looking at it every 5 minutes. I doubt TMZ updates its gossip pages every 5 minutes. Discipline yourself to look at your phone less by finding other activities. Put a book next to your nightstand instead of your phone, if you can, take a nice, long walk without your phone. Do whatever you can to make the environment work for you, so that you are not constantly tempted to stare at your phone.
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Have a prison free day!