Fighting a smartphone obsession: 5 ways to stay focused and keep your smartphone from distracting you
Think about it - how often do you find yourself interrupted by all sorts of worthless notifications? We made a conscious effort to track that and while there is no universal answer, we can definitely say “too many times!” Facebook likes, group messages, game updates and all sorts of notifications just join together for a never-ending stream of distractors. Until we decided, we've had enough.
Was it time to throw away those smartphones and go back to the good ol’ times when only an email, text or a call would interrupt your day? That’s one option we considered, but why give up all the benefits of a smartphone? Would not it be better if we ourselves could control our behavior and have smartphone comply?
It was time for a serious reassessment of what we do on a smartphone, how we do it and when we do it. After weeks of experimenting, we think we’ve narrowed it down to just six steps that got us rid of unnecessary distractions. We kept our gorgeous smartphone and our focus. Every once in a while we would get tempted to break the rules, but as soon as distraction settles in, we go back to reminding ourselves that it is us who control our devices, not the other way around.
Take a look at the six rules we came up to stay focused and keep our smartphones from distracting us right below, and do not hesitate to share your thoughts on this itchy subject in the comments below.
5 ways to stay focused and keep your smartphone from distracting you
1. Download only the apps you need
2. ‘No-phone policy’ - don’t touch your phone after 11pm for a good sleep
3. Check notifications for your existing apps and cut them to a minimum
4. Keep distraction out of the way with a clean homescreen
5. Use different devices for different tasks - music, reading, so you don’t associate your phone with everything you have to do
1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Fight a smartphone obsession? Ain't nobody got time for that!
We love smartphones!
2. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
I'm having more trouble prying myself away from my desktop PC.
3. pyradark (Posts: 772; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
are their any fight the buying smartphone obsession??
I love to buy then sell then buy
4. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
You missed one really obvious way to stop a smartphone from distracting you:
TURN IT OFF!!!!
17. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Put it in a vault and throw the key away, done
23. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
Then you get the most important call ever... Your grandmother calls. Dun dun dun...
6. in_core (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
so what the author is trying to say is buy the highend smartphone like S4 or the ONE and use it like a Nokia 1100?
Guess he had too much of smartphone triumph
25. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Exactly. I'm trying to limit my use of smartphone but with its price, I feel like I should be really taking advantage of all its features especially when I have unli data. Thats why my next phone will be just a midrange phone.
7. livyatan (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
"Watching videos on a phone is horrible for the baterry and the eyes"..ehm, not if you have a device with a high quality screen, and watch it from proper distance.
Eyes are tiring the least when the diagonal of the device is about 3 times less the watching distance,.. so if you watch a 5inch full HD screen from your usual holding distance, you will actually be better than watching a 15'' laptop or 10'' tablet from the same distance, where your eye muscles will work overtime to follow what's happening across the huge screen.
That's a scientific proven fact.
As for the battery, again, most high end phones have 9-12 hours of video playback endurance, so the forementioned statement is not entirely true.
Lastly, about the physical buttons for controlling the music??
I can change songs and recieve calls with headsets i got shipped with my phone
8. aditya.k (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
I'm so addicted to using smartphone all the time. I didn't even read this article! XD
9. justsayit (Posts: 210; Member since: 09 May 2013)
lol the last tip, "Use different devices for different tasks"
then why to buy high-end smartphone
most high-end are all-in-one
great camera for taking camera,nice screen for watch video,good sound for enjoy music,playing game like some old day console,like ps1/ps2, surf the net like pc smooth and fast
10. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 832; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Number 6 - Don't buy a smartphone, you'd be better off with a Nokia 3310 according to this post.
11. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
Turn it off and throw it in the trash. Dig it out when you're finished with your work.
12. sadiqhashim (unregistered)
I can sleep only if my battery is exhausted.
13. Commentator (Posts: 2419; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Even when I'm not using apps or making calls, I find myself staring absent-mindedly at my smartphone, admiring its screen, construction, and basically just taking in the beauty of it. Even if I put it away in a drawer or something, I like to look at it to see how well it complements the contents of the drawer, the grain of the wood that the drawer is made of, etc. What do I do?
26. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
LOL! At least you won't hurt your eyes with the phone screen's light in the dark.
14. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Rule #1 - Stop refreshing phonearena every 5 minutes
16. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
I get a notification whenever a new article is up, I use pulse
18. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
That would be impossible because i get a notification whenever a new article is up :)
19. johnriii (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
i bet I hit my power button on my phone over 500 times a day. maybe more. just to see the screen. yes, I'm obsessed. anytime I have to use my smartphone for anything, it's like xmas-time. I've been researching my next smartphone since DECEMBER. I upgrade now in 8 days. my wife will probably be happer than I will when that day comes and goes.
21. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Im currently reviewing for the CPA Board Exam and sometimes i am having a hard time to fight my obsession to my Note2 :) But still stable
22. ibap (Posts: 699; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Show some sense with regard to your kids - and I mean all the way through high school and up through college when they're home. Their phone should not be in their bedroom at night. Period. Our daughter accepted this rule from day one, and even at college, she either turns it off when she goes to bed or puts it somewhere where even it's buzzing can't be heard - in a drawer or closet.