If you are waiting in the airport for your flight, at the station waiting for your train, or sat at home waiting in for something to arrive, what do you do? If you’re anything like me, the likelihood is that you will probably spend the majority of this time flicking from app to app on your phone.
I don’t think I am alone in this either. All you need to do is look up in any of these situations to instantly see the mass of people lost in the virtual world hidden behind the small screens in the palm of their hands.
Even when you are focused and at a social gathering, working or with friends and family, you can so easily be drawn back to looking online by the regular pings and flashes of notifications that will appear on your screen. I know I find it hard to not look if a message pops through or I see that someone has commented on one of my posts.
Today I challenge you to firstly, declutter your phone and remove unnecessary apps, photos, notes, emails and everything you’ve been saving ‘just for later’. Then I challenge you to turn off all unnecessary notifications. Okay, keep the texts, but say goodbye to Instagram, Snapchat, BBC Breaking News and so on.
I have done this on my phone at 4pm today (1200 photos down to just 600, notifications off, and seven apps deleted) and I will let you know how it feels after a day, and then a week, and after that a month of trying to spend less time living my life through a small screen.
Don’t be a slave to your apps, messages and mindless web browsing. Sure use the internet, update your social feeds and play games, but not ‘just because’. Don’t let it become a habit in that if you have a moment, you pick up your phone. Go live life instead.
Let me know how you get on.
Tomorrow – Kitchen Cupboard Detox