Ahh, procrastination; if some of us were graded on our ability to waste time we’d be looking at a High Distinction. Smartphones are the ultimate enabler for the professional procrastinator looking to do whatever it takes to avoid studying. But if exams are looming or you’re up to your ears in assignments, it may be time to put your phone down and embark on a digital detox.
Break the habit
Experts always recommend meditation to quieten active minds, and. you should give it a go. But if you’re not quite ready for -an hour of silent reflection, keep it simple. Start by ignoring your phone when you’d normally go for a light scroll out of habit, –like when you’re lining up at the supermarket or idly waiting for class to start. This will help you engage just a little more with the real world, rather than the online one. Think baby steps.
If you regularly find yourself 26 weeks-deep into an Instagram investigation when you should be studying, there are many apps that shut down your smartphone to keep you on track.
If you’re a beginner to phone breakups, start with an app like Moment. It will automatically track how much you use your phone or tablet each day and you can set daily limits on your usage. If you’re after a more intense digital detox, the Flipd app shows no mercy when you set it to ‘full lock’ mode. This is when you permit Flipd to essentially kick you out of your phone and hide all of your apps until the timer runs out.
Beware: once you set the timer, there’s no going back. Even restarting your phone is a no-go as the app will just switch back on. But if it’s exam time and you know your mind loves a merry wander when the pressure’s on, give it a go.
A turn off
Even in our hyper-connected world, there are still plenty of places where phones are either frowned upon or straight up banned – and this is where you belong during a digital detox. Think yoga classes, swimming laps in your local pool or picking up a non-uni related book. Alternatively, try a hobby that keeps your hands busy, such as knitting or sketching. Any activity that keeps you off your phone, like it or not, can help you detox from your devices.
And look, if worst comes to worst, give your phone to your bestie, ask them to reset your pin and promise they won’t give you the number for at least an hour.