For this month’s affirmations, I challenged you guys to unplug and spend more time enjoying life. But I know better than anyone that that’s easier said than done. Which is how this post came to be. I want you all to take this months challenge seriously because I want all of you to enjoy yourselves and live in the moment. We miss so much when our heads are down scrolling through social media or watching Netflix. I myself am guilty of spending hours upon hours binge-watching Arrow (which I highly recommend). But I hope that with this post I’m able to change all that because it’s time to live our lives and unplug!
How do I unplug?
First things first we need to practice some self-control. And in order to do that we need to train our bodies to stop unconsciously reaching for our phones.
As a blogger, the majority of my day is spent online. Whether I’m writing a blog post, engaging with the community, or planning something new, I’m constantly on my phone. Which means that I’m also unconsciously reaching for my phone.
But, by limiting myself to only working for certain hours I can force myself to spend less time online and more time
And you can do this too.
Understand That Your Device Is Not Going Anywhere
I feel like we all have this little voice in our heads that manipulates us into thinking that our phones are going to grow legs and walk away if we put it down for one second.
But this is not the case. It is completely okay to put down your phone. It’s okay to not respond quickly and it is okay to not spend every hour of your day on social media.
Everything that you can find out now will still be available later on.
Utilize Screen Time
My biggest advice to you is to actually utilize Apple’s Screen Time gadget to block your most used apps.
By blocking the apps you’re preventing yourself from wasting time on your phone.
It’s super easy to do. All you have to do is go into your settings, click app limits and set your desired time for each app.
Or, you can schedule downtime which basically is a set amount of time in which certain apps are blocked which prevents you from going on them.
Whether you limit the time spent on apps or block them completely, you’re still decreasing the amount of time you spend on your phone.
(For Android users, there’s an app called Digital Wellbeing that works just the same!)
Turn Off Notifications
Another great thing to do is to turn off all of your notifications.
Maybe this is a personal thing or maybe everyone goes through this, but I feel that whenever I have my notifications on I feel obligated to see and respond to everything being sent to me.
One day as I was studying for a final, I picked up my phone to scroll through Instagram for a couple of minutes. I put my phone down about 15 minutes afterward and the second I did that I received a text and picked it up right away.
Those 15 minutes turned into 1 hour and then 2 and then 3. Next thing I knew, the sun had gone down and I had yet to get past chapter 1 of my textbook.
The following day I turned off my notifications and actually spent a good 4 hours studying for my final. No phone. No distractions.
The best thing I did for myself was to turn off my notifications. By doing so, I allotted myself some studying time. Which in turn resulted in an A on my final.
Jot Down Everything Instead Of Typing It
One thing that keeps me on my phone a lot is writing down my ideas and thoughts. The second I get an idea I open up my notes app and write down everything on my mind. But, then I transfer over to Instagram and spend 2 hours looking at memes. And I know that you do this too.
Therefore, instead of writing it down on notes, its time to go old school and grab a pen and paper.
Carry around a notebook so whenever you need to write something down it’s easily accessible rather than whipping out your phone and spending hours on social media.
Develop A New Hobby/Passion
10 times out of 10 the reason you’re on your phone is that you’re bored out of your mind. So why not develop a new hobby?
The same amount of time you spend on your phone can be used towards creating a better life for yourself.
Therefore, I’ve created a list of things you can do to unplug.
- Read a book
- Write in your journal
- Go on a hike
- Ride a bike
- Have a picnic with friends
- Go to the beach
- Try SoulCycling
- Go to an amusement park
- Go to the pool
- Start a bullet journal
- Go on a walk
- Try out painting
- Try out sewing
- Take a class
- Learn to cook
- Learn to bake
- Go to the park with friends
- Go for a run
- Drive aimlessly
- Write a letter to the people you care about
- Write a letter to your future self
- Take a nap
- Go see your doctor/dentist that you’ve refused to see for the past 5 years
- Try out a new sport
- Create a vision board
- Write down your goals and come up with new ones
- Create a bucket list
- Start a business
- Go on dates with your friends
- Build a fort
- Do chores
- Check out thrift stores or book stores
- ACTUALLY, HAVE FACE TO FACE INTERACTIONS
There are literally hundreds of things you can do that don’t involve your phone. But no matter what you do, make sure that you enjoy doing it.
Trust me, social media can wait. But the time for yourself, friends, and family? That can’t wait.
It’s time to unplug.
Until next time,
Stay Vibrant & Embrace The Gray