I don’t need to be the millionth person to tell you that we spend a lot of time on our phones. They are a necessary part of life now. But what I DO want to tell you is that YOU control the amount of time or attention you give to your phone. You need to control your phone, or else it will take control of you! Below are some quick and simple tricks to ensure your phone isn’t stealing more than it's fair share of your time.
Delete old or unused apps - right now!
How many apps do you have on your phone? Techcrunch.com reports the average smartphone user has 90 apps on their phone. Does this seem like a lot to you? It does to me! Take a quick inventory of the apps you have on your phone, and delete any that you just aren’t using. This quick phone clean up should take about 5 minutes, and you’ll feel a little lighter for it.
Keep a clean home page
What are the most used apps on your phone? What SHOULD be the most used apps on your phone? Try keeping your homepage to just what you NEED, and this may help minimize the amount of time spent on apps that really aren’t necessary. As an example, my home page includes: time clock/alarm, step counter, Google Keep, Everydollar budgeting app, photos, maps, and Instagram. These are my most used apps that keep my daily life moving forward. Instagram is my favorite “time-waster” app, but I also use it for my business so I like to keep it close by. All other apps that are time wasters - games, FB, etc, are kept out of sight. I have to dig to find them.
Organize your apps
No matter what smartphone you have, you should be able to group like apps together in categories. On my second home page, I have a handful of app groups. Some helpful groups could be games, travel apps, social media, TV/streaming, music, prayer, etc. This helps to keep things visually organized and easier to find. I especially love my TV group, all the apps to look through for some good streaming are all in the same place!
Turn off notifications
This for me is the BIGGEST trick to keeping my focus off of my phone until I want it to be. I have almost no push notifications, aside from the weather, my calendar, and my messaging app. No facebook notifications, no email notifications, no game notifications. I choose when I want to see my email, not it choosing me. What app notifications could you turn off today to reduce the amount of time your phone blinks at you?
Hopefully you can try some of these tips today and start seeing the benefits! There is really nothing to lose :-)