It’s easier than you think.
Back in January, I made a list of my New Year’s Resolutions that I wanted to achieve over the year. Some of them I stuck to like turning off my notifications, some of them I didn’t, like blogging more…
I made the decision to switch off the popups on my phone for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was fed up of being a slave to the little pings that my phone made every time someone tagged me in a meme.
Secondly, I wanted to see what difference, if any, it made to my life. Would I miss knowing what was happening in real time or would I prefer being in the dark?
Lastly, I needed to take some steps to be a little more present and a little less on my phone. So what happened?
I didn’t miss it
If I’m honest, I forgot that I’d done it. The only notifications I received were from WhatsApp and text messages and neither of those made a noise anyway, so it wasn’t begging me for attention.
I actually enjoyed clicking onto Instagram while I was on a break and seeing all of my likes in bulk rather than getting a notification every time someone had decided that my Insta-game was on fleek. I very quickly became accustomed to being out of the loop and knew within days that I would never go back to the noto life.
I saved battery
People are always getting pissed that their iPhone 7+ doesn’t have the same battery life as a Nokia 3510. Do you know why? Because even when your phone is in your pocket, it is using battery letting you know that Jenny is nearby (what a creepy FB feature, btw).
By switching off my alerts, my phone wasn’t constantly using internet or power checking to see if I have any retweets. This means that my phone, in general, lasts the whole day and only gets to that dreaded 35% zone around 6 pm or 9 pm on a good day.
I set aside time to scroll
Instead of being a slave to my phone, it’s a slave to me. I no longer find myself responding to a tweet that popped up on my phone and then accidentally spending 4 hours deep diving through Miley Cyrus’ timeline.
I decide when I want to look on my phone – admittedly, it’s still a lot, but it’s still MY choice. Now, when I get into bed, I enjoy looking through the past few hours of content that I missed during the evening.
I can concentrate better
Without hearing ping after ping while I’m trying to do some work, I can properly focus on the task at hand. I try to keep any popup notifications off of my computer as well. I now find that, if I need to set aside an hour to finish a blog post or clean my room, I’m not constantly being stopped by stupid and often unimportant notifications.
Overall, I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you don’t think you’re addicted to your phone, it’s still an awesome way to be more present and it might also save you precious battery life and data. Also, I would love if everyone followed in my footsteps so I didn’t have to hear your phone vibrate every time the group chat blows up.