Not unlike a lot of other people my age, I’m basically joined at the hip with my phone. Even if I don’t have any new notifications, I often find myself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Twitter the minute a get even a little bit bored.
A tech diet is hard to do, but when your phone use is so ingrained that you check it without even thinking, it’ll be totally worth it – and will help you to push the “reset” button on your phone addiction. Especially with Labor Day coming up (who wants to spend the last weekend of summer scrolling through their phone?), taking a break from your phone is a better idea than ever. Here’s how to do it.
Switch to airplane mode
Part of the struggle with going cold turkey and completely powering your phone down is that you won’t have access to music, your calendar and other must-haves that aren’t forms of social media. The solution? Instead of turning it off, just switch your phone to airplane mode – you’ll have access to all of your offline apps.
Turn off notifications
Another option for disconnecting if you can’t bear the thought of being off the grid for the whole weekend is to turn off your notifications. You won’t be bombarded by Instagram comments and emails, meaning you’re less likely to check your phone every 5 seconds. If you must, allow yourself to check social media once at the end of the day – and that’s it.
Track your phone use
Your phone use probably doesn’t feel excessive if you’re only on it in short bursts – but those short five minute spans add up. To limit your phone use, apps like Moment allow you to track the amount of time you’re actually spending on your phone per day. Moment even allows you to kick yourself off your phone when you’ve gone over your set limit!
Leave it at home
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to savor the last few days of summer. Instead of Snapchatting and Instagramming your final weekend under the sun, spending the weekend outdoors offers the perfect opportunity to escape your phone by simply leaving it at home. (Plus, let’s be real – beaches, lakes and other outdoor activities are a death trap for your phone anyways.)
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