Your phone is so important, it's how you keep track of your schedule, share who you are with the world, and connect with your friends, however it might currently be running your life. If you let it get out of control then your phone may be ruining your sleep schedule, tanking your grades, and impacting your mood. So how do you break the cycle? Here are my top tips for taking control of your phone instead of letting it control you.
Charge it across the room at night. I'm sure you've heard this one before, but I promise this helps with not only your sleep but with your mood. By putting your phone on the other-side of the room at night you are not delaying bedtime by scrolling for hours. By not falling asleep in front of your phone screen you'll get higher quality sleep and your mood will improve since you won't feel groggy.
Turn off your social notifications. I'm not talking about putting your phone on do not disturb, I'm talking about turning off individual app notifications. I did this last year with my Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook and it changed my life. This is how I really stopped depending on my phone and letting it control me. Notifications are meant to draw you back in, by turning them off you only go onto those apps when you want to instead of whenever you get a single notification.
Silence it. While turning off your social media notifications is a great start you also need to silence your phone in certain situations. Your phone should always be silenced at school, work, while you are studying, sleeping, and driving. This will allow you to focus on the task at hand without getting interrupted by a text or a phone call.
Use time limits. This will help you control your phone time. Instagram has a time limit feature, as well as certain phones. You can also download an app that can do the same thing for you. This will make you the one who is controlling your phone, not the other way around.
Track the time you spend on your phone each day. When you see how much time you are wasting, you will be more motivated to use that time in other ways. If you are spending 4 hours a day on Instagram, you may not even realize it. Start by cutting back by a few minutes each day until you reach your goal of the maximum time you want to spend on your phone each day. What will you do with all that extra time?
Use it as a reward. Instead of getting home and using your phone to unwind for 2 hours, trying getting things done first. Get your homework done and reward yourself with a few minutes of screen time before dinner. By using your phone as a reward then you will retrain your brain to stop using it as a procrastination tool.
While combining all 6 of these tips will make you the most successful of taking control of your time, try implementing them at your own pace. Try the most crucial ones first like silencing it, tracking how much time you spend on it, and setting time limits. Work your way up to the other tips as you start to feel more in control. This will seriously make all aspects of your life more enjoyable by allowing you to be more present instead of having to be checking your phone 24/7.