When was the last time you simply took that time to think about things or, even better, strike up a conversation with the person seated next to you? If you’ve ever made it 5 minutes early to a doctor’s appointment or reached a restaurant a few minutes before your friend, you’re familiar with immediately taking out your phone and whiling away your time on social media websites or frantically responding to emails. Next time, take those precious minutes to think about your day or have an interesting conversation—we’re sure you’ll surprise yourself!
When you take your smartphone to bed, the light emanating from it kills a sleep-inducing hormone known as melatonin, which makes the exercise of falling asleep several folds tougher. Similarly, waking up to panic emails and a slew of notifications gives your day a rude start, instead of a gradual one that eases you into the day ahead. Keep your smartphone in another room and use an old-fashioned alarm clock to wake up with a clearer head and in a happier frame of mind.
We’re all guilty of replying to the odd email at dinner with family, or even worse, edit a document while watching a movie. While smartphones have helped smoothen the process of communication to no end, it is surely a double-edged sword. If you’re someone who finds it difficult to leave their work at the office, you’ll know that a major reason why you’re unable to is because it is just too difficult to see an email and let it sit in your inbox without replying to it. However, when you abandon your smartphone, you’re going to be completely distant from all things work related and get the break you truly deserve.
In a way, it is just like water. If you have a bottle kept right in front of you, you’re more likely to keep sipping from it. The same rule applies to your smartphone. If you’re not constantly distracted by cat videos and pictures of your friends holidaying in Greece, you’re sure to get more work done faster. If you’re one to have an active social media life, this tip is all the more relevant for you. Put your phone away in your drawer or bag at work and vow to look at it only once every 2 hours. You’ll be surprised how little you miss it and how much faster and more streamlined your thought process is.
The reason why most of us keep checking our smartphones is because of a deep-seeded fear of missing out. FOMO, as it is colloquially called, is the desire to stay constantly connected to the lives of other people. When you don’t have your phone to constantly peer into, you’re going to be less anxious, and make your peace with not knowing every little detail about your colleague’s life and realise that in reality, it doesn’t matter either!
Written By : Shirley Mistry