It’s incredible to think that since the iPhone was launched in 2007, there are now billions of people around the world who are connected by smartphones and other devices. That’s a whole lot of emails, likes and messages being sent every day! The concept of "screentime" is now an issue and trying to reduce screentime is becoming important, due to overuse of devices. Reducing your screentime can help you in disconnecting from work mode when it’s time to unwind.
If you’re working outside regular office hours on most days and find yourself thinking about work on your days off, it might be time to put some boundaries in place that can help you regain control of your time and untether yourself when it’s time to switch off.
Here are a few tips to help you reduce your screentime when you’re not at work:
1. Turn off push notifications
When your device makes a noise, vibrates, or flashes a new notification, it shifts your attention away from whatever you are doing and moves it to your screen. Often the notification, whether it’s from work or elsewhere, is not critical and could be looked at a later time. This will also ensure that you are not distracted by the notification.
“Do not disturb” is a feature to control all notifications on your smartphone, which can be particularly helpful if you have an exclusive work phone. It’s up to you what breaks your “do not disturb”. You could allow important calls to come through, but block notifications from emails, apps and texts. You might want to avoid being sent notifications at all hours of the day and night by ensuring your phone is set to “do not disturb” between allocated hours.
2. Schedule activities for leaving time
Getting stuck into an activity can be a great way to occupy your mind and wind down after a busy day. By scheduling an exercise class or activity for when it’s time to clock off will make you more likely to commit and make it happen.
Often it seems difficult or near impossible to fit a yoga class or evening run into your day, but the truth is, if it’s important enough you can always find the time!
3. Put your device in the next room
Your phone does not always need to be beside you. But if it is, you will be tempted to check notifications, messages and just the news in general. So one way of reducing your screen time is by leaving the phone in another room. You will not miss much!
Or if you go for a walk or to exercise, leave your device behind you and do not bring it.
This is very important for children, to ensure that their phone is not in the same room where they study. That is a recipe for an unproductive evening of homework or study. So impose a little rule that the device stays in another room between certain allocated hours.