|A pretty picture to decorate my post AND to remind us of all the books we could've read if we hadn't spent all those hours mindlessly browsing through Facebook.|
This is actually a self-help post, in the authentic sense of self-help, where I help myself and not some random Osho guy tries to help me.
- Find an alternate morning alarm method so that you can actually force yourself to turn your phone off at 9 pm. Like your Mom, your iPad, a good old-fashioned watch, whatever.
- I have five social media to which I am addicted to, from most to least: Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat. I should at least erase Snapchat.
- And/or, something that I guarantee will make social media a bit less addictive: Erase half those Snapchat users, unfollow all the repetitive Instagram accounts, etc... It will no longer consume a gazillion hours from your day to check your feed. (Facebook is the only bitch that is better than this method, as it uses algorithms and psychological mechanisms to keep you hooked no matter what.)
- Leave your cell phone at home once in a while. Let go of the fears. You're probably not going to randomly need to call for rescue or shoot the perfect Instagram moment or whatevs.
- Do not charge your phone next to your bed. I'm serious. Make this a habit. Sometimes I've been only half awake and then remember my phone addiction and will pick up my phone and check all my Whatsapps and there you go, I will never be able to fall back asleep.
- Did you know your phone can be turned off by other mechanisms that do not include the battery running out? Try it every once in a while. Especially when you need something to get done, like that monumental stack of reading over there.
- Turn. Off. The. Fucking. Notifications.
- Make some activities really, really phone free. I force myself by screaming at myself internally a lot when I get my phone out in two circumstances: a) In class b) While eating. I absolutely do not allow myself to combine these with phoneyness because one will make me stupider and the other fatter.
- When you need to study and nothing else works, ask a sibling or the likes to hide your cellphone for a while.
- Just, live life. I hardly check my phone if I'm with friends, family, or just living the vida loca.