Day 27 is all about digital sabbath life hacks.
A digital sabbath is when you don’t use digital devices for a whole day. When some individuals do this type of detox during the program, they love it so much that they want to make it a regular occurrence.
A digital sabbath can be every weekend or once a month. Either way, this can strengthen your relationship with your phone and your well-being.
If you’re one of those individuals that enjoys the detoxes from your phone, try to do another one this weekend.
Here are some suggestions for how to make it easier to take regular Digital Sabbaths:
Untangle Your Devices
One of the best things about smartphones is that they serve so many purposes. It’s also a bad thing because of how many different apps and programs can suck you in for hours at a time. One solution is to invest in separate devices. If you’re following the program, you should have an alarm clock. It’s also recommended looking into a separate music player and camera to spend less time off of your phone.
Create A “House Phone”
Instead of tossing or recycling your old phone when you upgrade, keep it as a pared-down “house phone” that can be used only as a tool. Delete all the apps (including the internet browser) except for camera, music, timer, calculator, and other purely tool-like functions. This will turn your phone from a temptation into a remote control. And as long as you have wireless internet, it doesn’t require a service plan.
Use Your Phone’s Suspension Modes
Put your phone on Airplane Mode or enable Do Not Disturb more often. This is yet another “speed bump” that will prevent you from mindlessly checking things on your phone. And speaking of Do Not Disturb…
Customize Your Do Not Disturb Settings
Select the people whose calls you actually want to receive. This makes it possible to take a break from your phone without worrying that you’ll miss an emergency phone call.
Download Maps Ahead Of Time
Did you know that you can download maps of areas that you use frequently so that you still have access to them while you’re offline? This is not helpful if you’re taking a total break from your phone. But if you want to minimize your phone use and not get lost, this is a great option.
Get A Landline
You could always pony up and actually pay for separate phone service. Or if you like the idea of having a landline but don’t want to pay for one, get a phone that works over the internet (the technical term is VoIP, short for voice over internet protocol). There are also internet and cable plans that include a landline. This has made it much easier for us to take breaks from our phones without worrying about missing an important call. Before we turn off our phones, we can change the settings so that all calls get forwarded to our landline.
Another option, mentioned in a past post, is to get in the habit of leaving your phone by the door, blocking all apps except the phone, and turning on the ringer. That essentially turns your smartphone into a landline and ensures that you won’t miss any important calls while you’re taking a break.
Downgrade To A “Dumb Phone”
Dramatic, yes, but why not? You can always go back to your smartphone if it doesn’t work out.
Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
When it comes to establishing a healthy relationship with your phone, there are no rules. Experiment with different ideas and adopt the habits that feel right for you.
If you love this program as much as I do, you should pick up a copy of “How To Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price by clicking on the link below:
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