This has been a very interesting day for me. I had insights on myself, who i am, what drives me, what makes my life worthy. My advice is one I practice every day. Try to help at least one person a day. It’ll come back when you need it most. Share and talk to a lot of people. Sharing is caring.
Thank you, Tom, Kenneth, Eric, Sheila, Heidi, Luka, Annick.
It’s simple. Your quality of life is diminished when using your (smart)phone prior to any other action in the morning. It screws up any routine you may have, in fact for most people it is the routine. And that’s a shame. I’m doing it for a week now. I do not touch my phone before 7am. That means I have a full hour before I get sucked in the trivia of social media and work. Yesterday, I only took my phone at 7.20am and then a second time at 8.25am. It a strange feeling. A feeling of relief. I admit it’s hard at first. But it becomes easier by the day. I’ll try to keep this as my routine. The tea I take in the morning tastes better, watching my kids play or argue is just plain fun. I didn’t see it that clear… But now I do.
How to start with this lifehack? Easy, set yourself a time before picking up your phone in the morning and stick to it. It may beep, vibrate, moan, whatever… It definitely leads to a more qualitative life. Enjoy!
Yesterday I had the idea during a bachelor party in which almost everyone had the same problem after 4-5 hours of intensive smartphone use; (almost) no battery.
Since i attended some events lately where I wanted to tweet, post pictures to my instagram or just check-in, I now pay attention to put myself in airplane mode and only put on data when I want it. The problem yesterday is that the airplane mode makes yourself pretty unreachable…
So the idea is a smartphone life hack: Create a default profile in which you can switch, just as easy as to and from airplane mode, but have text and voice active.
The main advantage is that you could be reached at all times. Another advantage is that you are more focussed on enjoying the event and handling your ‘online sharing urge’ stuff in a time-boxed way (I, for instance, did open my data connection every hour so I was not totally offline and did respond to most of the comments)