While Iwas jumping rope, my cellphone took a fall to the hardwood floor, causing multiple cracks to the screen. Feeling adventurous the next morning, I decided to prolong not going to the phone store for 24 hours. I felt an unfamiliar sense of calm that day, which led to not going for oneweek. One week ended up becoming 60 days withoutmy smartphone.
I noticed three big things fromthis prolonged time withoutmy smartphone. These benefits may have you considering a smartphone detox yourself.
While in line at a Starbucks, I noticed that everyone had their heads down, hypnotized by their smartphones. With nothing to distractmyself, I became bored and noticedmy mindwandering through all sorts of topics.
Boredom is typically something we avoid at all costs. However, boredom is, oftentimes, the perfectway to elicit a breakthrough on a business idea or project.
When entering into a state of boredom, you’re allowing your mind to relax and escape fromthe realities of today to the infinite possibilities of tomorrow.
Transitioning to this new state allows you to enter a space where innovation and new ideas are fostered, which can then be brought down to ground zero.
Being detached frommy smartphone, I noticed that the quality of my decisionswas higher, which resulted inmy getting a new idea for a project that is nowunderway.
I dramatically reduced mywork hours
A 2015 study byNottingham TrentUniversity detailed in Plos One found that adults ages 18 to 33 checked their smartphones 85 times a day, or once every 10
minutes, with total daily smartphone usage totaling 5.05 hours. Also, 55 percent of all smartphone activitywas less than 30 seconds in duration.
As I learned duringmy experiment, placing some distance betweenmyself andmy device helped me fall into deep (and more focused) work more easily. Checking your phone for 30 seconds seems innocent, but that is enough time to break up your flow.
By not havingmy smartphone, my distraction timewent down and thus my hours ofworkwere spent more efficiently and effectively. On numerous occasions, I foundmyselfwondering what to do with the afternoon because I had already completedmy high-impact tasks for the day.
With extra time, you can finally get back to those hobbies that unintentionallywent to the back burner.
My mentalwell-being received a boost
Obviously, without a cellphone, I experienced an absence of negative news and comments. That helped cause a dramatic boost inmy mental well-being and I also connected more with people.
In the digital age, especially for people who don’t commute to a work office, socializing through direct messaging and other digital communication becomes dominant.
However, nothing beats true faceto- face human contact. I noticed that being devoid of the digital space led me to seek out more human connections in the realworld. Iwent to more dinners with friends, asked more questions to strangers out of curiosity, and even attended new networking events that led to unexpected lunch meetings, which translated to more business.
While it’s incredible to be able to send a message to someone around theworld in seconds, don’t forget the beauty of face-to-face human connection.
While I havemy smartphone back, largely to makemy
communication life easier, I have noticed a behavior change. I no longer consume and mindlessly scroll. In fact, it actually feelsweird to be onmy phone for a substantial period without an objective.
While 60 days may be unrealistic for some, you can still create your version of a smartphone detox.
_ Live one day aweek without your phone.
_ Put your phone in your pocket and don’t look at it while out with friends.
_ Put your phone in a basket when you get home and don’t touch it until the next morning.
_ Make a rule that everyone in the house can’t use their smartphone during and after dinner.
_ Delete all apps and only use your phone for calling and texting.
The biggest factor to accomplishing our biggest goals isn’t lack of information; it’s controlling where our attention goes.