I wrote a post on how and why I needed to change my phone habits. I had promised myself that I would work on it and come back a month later to write about how I had successfully kicked the habit.
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So, here I am!
I had planned on exercising control over my phone usage and use my time constructively.
Our habits take a while to change, to become habits. I had given myself a month, and today, I feel so good about myself because, although I haven’t kicked the habit altogether, I have learned to control the urge.
HOW MY PHONE HABITS HAVE CHANGED:
My phone stays away from me in the mornings, until I finish my workout and my chores. I reach for it only after I have had my breakfast.
I scroll through the messages and the news feed on Fb and Instagram. But then, I remind myself after about 10 minutes that my time is up.
The Wi-Fi stays on, but the phone stays away.
The rest of the day, too, I pick up the phone for a while, but I have observed that after some time, I tire of gazing into the phone and put it away sooner than I used to.
Most evenings, I switch off the phone Wi-Fi by 9 pm. This ensures I don’t pick my phone when I have finished my work/chores.
If someone needs to get in touch with me, they can always call me up. People, to whom I matter, know how to get in touch with me; they don’t need to reach out through a social media platform!
I have a couple of good books that whisk me away from the madness that is social media. Also, the need to make better use of my time keeps me aware of how I spend my time! My to-do list has many items that need to be ticked off before the end of the day.
it is, indeed, satisfying seeing all those tasks accomplished, and, it is this contentment that propels me to keep working harder and stay away from the “distractions”.
Of course, there are days when nothing around seems to interest me and that is when the phone stays with me for longer. But, the need to keep my promise to myself is stronger than the need to entertain a bored and an idle mind.
For such days, I switch on Netflix to watch a good movie–my TV viewing is 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least amount of time I spend watching the idiot box.
I had ended my post on a positive note, with hope and promise that I would, indeed, work on my habit. Maybe that is the reason I could put my heart into it. The responsibility I have towards myself made me work on it, seriously.
Being responsible for our actions is what makes the difference in our attitude. My father used to say,
We should be true to ourselves and everything will fall into place.
Those words echoed in my mind each time I reached for the phone earlier in the past month. As a child, I hardly could fathom the meaning behind those words; it is now, as I work on myself, that I understand what they stand for.
It’s really simple, you see. If we are true to ourselves, we will be true to our health; we will care for our health, our body and mind, with honesty.
Staying away from the phones is the need of the hour, Not just because it’s become an addiction, but also because it’s detrimental to our health.
So, not only am I working on my habits but also working towards keeping my eyes as healthy as I can.
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HOW MY HABIT MAKES ME FEEL ABOUT MYSELF:
The struggle to stay away from the gadget can’t be called a “struggle” today. In fact, on some days, I consider the phone to be the most uninteresting piece of invention by man and reach for my book!
Just writing these words gives me a feeling of utmost satisfaction. It feels really good to realize I care for myself more than unnecessary stuff.
It also gives me the satisfaction of ticking off another item on my list of ‘Things to do to love yourself’!
So, what is that one habit you plan on kicking? Do share with me. I would love to be of help! ❤
Just so you know, the amount of time you spend looking at your phone today is half the amount of time you will be spending at your ophthalmologist. Also, you have just this pair of eyes to use in this lifetime.
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