Delete your Chrome and Firefox extensions. I know this is what most of the popular apps suggest, but when you’re trying to break a habit, you have to start with something small. The last thing you need to do is delete extensions that can already be done manually. 

Remove your social media apps from your phone and leave them out of the home screen. You’re going to be tempted when you’re bored and in bed, scrolling through 90% of nothingness on Instagram or Facebook. Do not bring your phone with you into the bathroom, at least not initially. In the beginning, it’s difficult to go 30 minutes without checking your phone for notifications or social media updates. If you do decide to bring your phone into the bathroom stall, try and make sure it is on airplane mode so you are not tempted by notifications during that initial period of time that can be so difficult to push through.

Once you start seeing the numbers increase each week, try and keep track of them as best as possible for your own benefit for accountability purposes. Try and set a time limit for yourself to be off of your phone. For example, if you plan on going to bed at 11 pm, then put down your phone at least an hour before.

If you’re anything like me, then you could probably use some digital detoxing and digital cleanup. Or maybe you are one of those superhumans who seems to multitask and/or multi-task well. Whatever your case may be, I think it’s important for us all to take a step back every now and then and look at how much time we are spending on our phones or devices each day. We do not want to allow them to take over our lives, but at the same time we want to create a healthy balance in order for us not to become more disconnected from the people in our lives.

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