Put The Phone Down
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how it feels as if we’re all on the hamster wheel of life, racing to get through the next day, week, year – always looking forward and never living in the present. After reading Victoria Joy’s piece on burn-out in this week’s issue, I am reminded that this is a reality for so many and how important it is to take a moment for yourself. For me, that’s remembering to put my phone down; I find it such a time sap and notice that when I’m on it I don’t engage with what’s going on right in front of me. Here’s how I manage to put my phone down – I hope these tips will help you, too…
- During dinner with friends or family, keep your phone in your bag (not on the table) to avoid unconsciously looking at it.
- Set an alarm to remind yourself to put your phone away when you’re trying to wind down – I try not to look at my phone for at least two hours before bed.
- Put your social media apps on a timer so you have limited hours to spend online and have more time to enjoy for yourself or with the people around you.
- Don’t connect to wi-fi on flights; it’s a good excuse to read, watch a film or journal.
- When you’re away on holiday, pack a film or disposable camera and take pictures with that instead of your phone. It creates special memories and keeps you from scrolling through your day.