In my last article, I talked about the silliness of a CEO’s belief that smartphones are bad. There is another side to that coin – some people are really, truly addicted to their favorite mobile device. Or at least “have issues.”
If you are one of those, what can you do? Here are some suggestions, culled from the depths of Google (ok – just the first 8 or so articles that I found):
- Turn off notifications. I do this with email (because I get too much). I manually check email on my iphone, rather than having my iphone alert me to email every minute or so. Works great.
- Uninstall apps if they become a problem.
- Turn on Airplane Mode when you need to focus.
- Don’t answer the phone/text/email/tweet/etc. Some people even schedule times during the day to process emails/voicemails/social media replies, etc.
- Charge your phone somewhere other than your bedroom. Or, some smartphones let you set a “no notifications” time.
- Use a “smartphone addiction” app like Moment or Breakfree
- Do something that doesn’t involve your phone.
- Or, just turn it off. You’ll save battery life, too!
Control your device – don’t let your device control you!
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