Last spring I realized I was addicted to checking my phone. All day long I would check for emails and Facebook messages and updates. If I had a spare minute, or even if I didn’t, I would check my phone. At a stop light? Check my phone. Walking to my car? Check my phone. Walking into a store? Check my phone. Waiting in line? Check my phone. Making dinner? Check my phone. Brushing my teeth? Check my phone.
I almost flooded my bathroom because I was so lost in checking Instagram that I forgot where I was or what I was doing.
One word: PSYCHO.
I reached out to a community group I’m in with over 12,000 entrepreneurs, many of them moms like myself, with a cry for help. I asked for tips on breaking this habit so I could spend more quality time with my family. I don’t want my kids to remember me on the phone (or computer for that matter) all the time.
Someone shared that there is a British comedian that jokes about how crazy it is to be constantly checking your email and that it was like opening your front door in case someone is going to ring your bell.
Convicted! I was a slave to my stinkin’ phone.
Tips on breaking this addiction and regaining control of your life:
Delete social media apps off your phone. This makes your time on social media intentional because you have to sit down on your computer or iPad and log on.
Set up an auto responder. If you’re on vacation with your family, explain in a heartfelt message letting them know that you’re spending time with your family but will get back to them soon.
Set the times during the day that you will check email and let your friends/clients know that you only check emails at certain times of the day.
Reframe ‘checking’ email to ‘processing’ email which implies no idle reading.
Process email once in the morning, once in the afternoon, once in the evening. That’s it. That’s enough.
Keep business emails off your phone.
Keep emails in a draft folder or use a ‘send later’ app so that your emails go out at a certain time, during your ‘business hours.’
If you are with your family, stay off your phone.
I deleted my social media apps on my phone and started to be intentional about my time on social media and ‘processing’ email.
I felt like I wasn’t glorifying God when I was always on ‘alert’ checking for updates instead of living with purpose and doing this took my anxiety level down 90% in one day.
This was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It totally changed the energy in my home and in my life.
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