103: Obsessing Over Smartphones

In the past decade, one handheld device has become ubiquitous through the entire all modern (and even semi-modern) civilizations. Steve Jobs introduced us to the smartphone, and no matter whether you prefer Apple or Android, the smartphone has no signs of leaving.

"We're having our self-esteem built, molded, tweaked by what we see on social media through our phones." - CJ McClanahan

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Tips to Reduce Stress From Bad Smartphone Usage Habits

  • Don't keep your phone on your person at all times.
  • Turn off notifications
  • Silence your phone (not even vibe mode), and get rid of the blinking indicator light.* (come exceptions)
  • Remove social media apps from your home screen. Force yourself to have to hunt for them if you want to use them.
  • Limit your smartphone time usage... using an app
  • Replace old habits with something else, such as reading, meditation or mindfulness exercises.
  • Don't check your phone within the first 30 minutes of waking up. Use an old-school alarm clock if you need help waking up in the morning.
  • Set after-work and leisure time limits. Set expectations with your colleagues and/or employees that you respect your free time and theirs.
  • Share your frustration with someone close to you, and enlist an accountability buddy if needed.

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