SFH #6: Smartphone Detox Challenge

No Phone Saturdays 😳

It was 10 pm last Saturday, and I was ready to go out and party! I felt like I was back in college. Energy flowing. Vibrancy. Ready to dance 🕺🏼. Coming in Hot 🔥

Why so much energy? I purposely didn’t look at my phone 📱 ALL day! Okay, I peaked a couple of times 🤪, but seriously no more than 5 minutes of total screen time from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. The bottom line for today is that when you can declutter your mind, avoid the disruptions, and focus on the natural world in front of you - your energy will flow too ⛲️. There are more significant pitfalls to our cumulative use that we will explore later1.

So, put the phone down 👇🏽. I know it’s easier said than done. The withdrawal and urge to cure the boredom and the slow down is real. Here are my quick tips.

  • Turn the phone off on Saturday Or Sunday. Create friction to use it.

  • Keep it in one place farthest from where you’ll be in your given environment.

  • Don’t travel with it. Believe it or not, we used to make our way around cities and communities sans smart phone. Studies even show using your memory for directions is a helpful brain booster2.

  • And finally. Please don’t make it black and white. I did mention I checked my phone a couple of times. New habits are much easier when they are not all or nothing. 5 minutes or 10 minutes of use is still way better than 3-4 hours.

Good luck. Feel free to message me to report your experience.

1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4350886/

2

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ditch-the-gps-its-ruining-your-brain/2019/06/05/29a3170e-87af-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html