Do you need a digital detox? Here are 5 ways of spending less time staring at your screen

Do you need a digital detox? Here are 5 ways of spending less time staring at your screen

If you find yourself checking your phone too often in a day or you starting to notice how endless scrolling is eating into precious time, it might be time to take a little digital detox. 

The average person clocks up 3 hours and 19 minutes of screen time every 24 hours, according to 2019 data from the time management app Rescue Time. If you think about it, it's a lot of time!

Distancing yourself from your cellphone frees up some brain cycles and lets you pursue activities that don't involve constantly tugging the pull-to-refresh lever.

Many of us know that it can feel almost impossible to fight the compulsion to check our phones.

Distancing yourself from your cellphone frees up some brain cycles and lets you pursue activities that don't involve constantly tugging the pull-to-refresh lever.

Here are some tips to reduce the time you spend with your cellphone.

1. Turn off notifications

If you're being interrupted by notifications you are never properly focused on the task at hand and will find yourself reaching for your phone time and time again. 

Popular apps, like the Facebook app, are designed in ways that increase the amount of time people spend on them.

If you're being interrupted by notifications you are never properly focused on the task at hand and will find yourself reaching for your phone time and time again. 

You can apply some mindfulness to curating your apps and start self-monitoring. The next time your phone buzzes, take note of what is actually disturbing you. Disable notifications for everything other than the important stuff like calls and messages.

2. Turn your phone to grayscale

The colorful icons of your favorite apps, as well as their red notifications, fire up your brain every time you see them. Remove the color and you might remove some of the urges to check social media and messaging sites quite so much. If it sounds just like sucking the color and the fun right out of your phone, that’s exactly what it’s doing.

3. Keep your cellphone far from your hand

Digital Detox: Keep your cellphone far from your hand

Try stashing your phone at a desk, or your backpack. If it's in a pocket or within your line of sight, you'll reach for it every time.

4. Get a notebook

Digital Detox: Get a notebook

By writing things down on paper instead of on your phone, you are not only reducing the number of times you pick up your device, but you're also making it easier for yourself to remember tasks.

5. Use one screen at a time

That means watching tv while using your phone at the same time. Enjoying a film? Focus on that and put your phone away.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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