It’s a struggle to put your smartphone away these days… Our generation seems to have a mindset that if we don’t keep up with social media then we may miss out on what the rest of the world is doing. However, I believe that if we keep our eyes and mind focused on social media, we are going to let the world pass us by. Life is short, so we should take advantage of the beautiful relationships, activities, and scenery that surround us.
When I look around at a restaurant it pains me that over half the people are sitting there on their cell phones. When did we stop communicating face-to-face?
If you see the importance of quality time, I hope these tips will help you to unplug.
Turn off social notifications. Yes, it’s fun and such a privilege to be able to keep up with your friends so easily via social media, but it can be overboard to follow your friends all day long.
Set a daily social timer. Try setting a specific amount of time each day to get your social media “fix” and don’t let yourself go over it. My job involves being on social media throughout the workday, so I’ve made a pact with myself to get off social media after dinner time. I don’t get to spend much time with my husband, and this is a great way to communicate and focus on each other.
Turn off push notifications. I know I can’t necessarily do this with my job, but if you can – DO IT! If something urgent comes up, you will hear about it by word of mouth or someone will call you.
Wear a smartwatch. If you can’t turn off push notifications, wear a smartwatch. This will keep you from checking your phone unless you absolutely need to. I wear a Garmin Forerunner 235 on weekdays to keep track of my steps, but also so I don’t have to constantly look at my phone for notifications. (Just an FYI – I typically don’t wear my smartwatch on weekends to completely unplug.)
My awkward arm sporting the smartwatch and my pretty Rifle Paper Co. weekly list notepad!
Distract yourself! Do you have laundry to do? Do that! Or maybe it’s nice outside and you can take a walk around the block. Get a puzzle, read a book, vacuum, go to the gym, mediate, write in a journal… The list goes on.
Small sampling of my book collection. Let me know if you want some book recommendations!
Greatist also has some awesome ideas that include using an alarm clock. A lot of times if you can’t directly see your smartphone, you won’t have the urge to use it.
Do you struggle to put away your smartphone?
What are things that help you get off social media to give the gift of quality time to those around you?