#ChallengeChooseday A few weeks back I gave up social media. It was an excellent decision and I loved every second. This week is gonna be different. I sometimes feel like a slave to my phone. Even if it's not social media, it's messaging, news, maps and all sorts of other random crap. This week, the aim is to leave my phone in my pocket or at home as much as possible and only get it out when I need to. Take in the surroundings a little more. Think first before running off to Google etc. Turn off all notifications so I don't easily get distracted. Pick up my phone only when I want to and not when the phone tells me to. Get involved if you ever feel like you're on your phone too much.
It annoys me when Helen is on her phone when we could be hanging out, yet at a different point of the day I am exactly the same. It annoys me when I see other people doing it too, yet I am as bad if not worse. The challenge to give up social media was cool, but I would still have my phone to text and what not. This new challenge was to significantly reduce phone usage. I wanted to just turn it off and put it in a drawer for the week, but annoyingly I organise my work through my phone and it wouldn’t be fair to clients to cut them off. So I turned off all the notifications, deleted any games and, in situations where I would usually turn to an app, I tried to use other things to help. I would look up directions beforehand, or use a computer to check the news/sports instead of using my phone and getting sucked in. The general idea was to avoid going straight to my phone when ‘bored’. I wanted to take in the surroundings a little more, be a little more aware of what was going on around me. I stopped using my phone in bed and we would talk instead.
It was really cool actually. Apart from a few messages I missed out on that might have been useful in that instant, I really did spend a lot less time on the phone. I would people watch and would also think a lot. Anyone who says they need their phone as an alarm…buy an alarm clock.
Annoyingly, I (Helen) smashed my phone up later in the year. So when the insurance company gave me a new one, I refreshed it from a backup from before this challenge and without really realising it, all notifications were back on my phone and I slipped back into the old habits. Writing this has actually reminded me of how good it is and I will now turn them all off and attempt to be better at not using my phone.