Life Without My Phone — Day 1

Huuuuuuuuh.😬 Okay, I’m doing this. Why am I doing this?

Here are the main problems that I have with my phone:

Fatigue.

Well, basically, I’ve been on my phone for too damn long. Everything I do needs to somehow have my phone as a requirement to do it well, and that really pisses me off. When I’m sleeping, I have my phone right beside me on my nightstand, and as soon I get up, I pick up my phone I just… hold it? There’s some certain dopamine rush that I get by just having my phone on me, and I know that that’s not right, but I haven’t been able to do anything about it.

Endless/Unintentional Activity

When I have my phone with me, I have the deepest urge to just to do whatever my impulses lead me to do. That mostly checking Instagram or WordPress, or WhatsApp, even when I know that there’s nothing new to see. I always want to Google something up, or text someone, or check out my daily blog stats, and I just want to do something on my phone to give myself a fulfilled sense of purpose. And I feel sad, both while thinking about it and while doing it. There’s always this sense of something new and fresh that I need to know about NOW.

Disconnecting from Reality

I think we can all relate to the fact that sometimes we spend more time listening to music than actually listening to the world around us. This is my life story. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how much I listen to music and in what kind of situations I listen to music. All I can say is that ever since I’ve had my own phone, I’ve had the liberty to use the resources at my side to whatever extent I’ve wanted, and I feel like my phone encourages me to take it too far.

So, for an indefinite period of time (most probably the whole of March), I intend to get off my phone completely by shutting it down. Here are the rules:

  1. No form of textual communication. I’m gonna become 2007-style Vlogbrothers on this one, and I am not going to engage in any sort of text messaging. That includes WhatsApp, Instagram, Hangouts, and whatever else I use these days. I don’t really keep track. I will be allowed access to Discord, but only from my laptop.
  2. Blogging only from the laptop. I often get ideas while walking downstairs, or in the shower(obvi), and what I used to do was immediately grab my phone and write it down in the Notes app. Now, I won’t be able to do that. I know that I should write down ideas when I get them, but I wanna stop having to reach for a device as soon as it springs up in my head.
  3. Music only from Alexa or the laptop. I’m going to cut down on the amount of music I take in on a weekly basis. Once I get rid of the phone from my hand, the process of selecting music gets way less tiring. God bless Alexa.

My first goal is to stay away from my phone for the next week and add on to that later. I really have no idea how this is going to go, but I hope it ends well 🤷‍♀️

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