The No Distractions Phone
I recently deleted the Instagram app from my phone. I noticed I was spending a lot of time in that ‘infinity pool’. Scrolling down on an on, instead of being there, wherever I was.
It started when my 3 year old boy asked;
-Mom, why are you looking at your phone?
I really did not know… and I realised I was not even looking at anything in particular. It was just a thing I did. So I decided to stop.
Then I took little steps every day. Not looking at my phone was challenging to begin with, but after a couple of days it became easier.
I discovered a project called the light phone:
The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.
It’s a casual, secondary phone that encourages you to leave behind your smartphone and enjoy quality time doing the things you love the most, free of distraction. We call this going light.
Our original Light Phone is intentionally limited to phone calls and nine speed dials.
I am reading a book called Make Time, which has a lot of tips to make time for what really matters every day.
Too attached to your smartphone? Ironically, there’s an app for that.
If you’re like most busy professionals today, it can be hard to tear yourself away from your phone screen. With apps, email, and social media all at the tip of our fingers, we’re constantly distracted by the mobile world. It may seem counterintuitive to use an app to unplug, but in an age where we use our smartphones for almost everything, it makes sense to fight fire with fire.
Here are three apps that can help you to, well, stop using your apps:
1. Offtime (iOS, Android)
This app helps users unplug by blocking distracting apps like Facebook and games and filtering communications. It includes information on how much you actually use your smartphone. You can choose tailored modes like Work, Family, or Me Time to ensure that you have access to the things you need, but aren’t distracted by what you don’t. Analytics of your phone and app usage can be an important wake-up call, and can help you curb your habits.
2. Moment (iOS)
Moment tracks your device usage and allows you to set daily limits; the app notifies you if you exceed them. You can even use a setting that “forces” you off your phone by flooding your screen with annoying alerts when you try to extend your screen time. Moment can also be used for families, with the option to track your family’s device use from your own phone.
4. Flipd (iOS, Android)
If you find that you need a more aggressive approach to unplugging, Flipd is the app for you. Flipd allows you to lock your phone for a set period of time, and once you do, there’s no going back. Even restarting your phone won’t disable the app, so it’s impossible for you to cheat! Flipd can even be used to remotely “flip off” one user from another user’s device, which is helpful for teams that want to keep one another on point.
Do you have a smartphone addiction? What, if anything, do you use to pull you away from your smartphone?