Becoming addicted to your phone may sound a bit extreme but for most of us it is a reality!
Smart phones really are amazing. They allow you to check your email, check social media, take photos, and to keep in touch with everyone you care about…and everyone you don’t!
Some work places ban mobile phones but many don’t.
When work places make this decision they often upset their employees. Those of us with small children, or those with elderly parents, or those who have non work related lives to organise, want to be available if needed.
Despite this I can totally see why they do it. Once you have your phone at an accessible distance it takes a massive amount of will power not to be torn away from what you are doing every time it buzzes or vibrates.
There are a couple of approaches that I like to try…
1) Leave your phone somewhere out of sight. If you need to check it then set a time, perhaps every hour, when you can have a look to see if anything important has happened. Other than this leave it well alone.
2) Each time the phone buzzes or vibrates use this distraction as a reminder to focus on your work again. If your mind has drifted off this could be just the reminder that you need!
If you find this tough or find that you are coming up with reasons not to try this then this should ring alarm bells.
Perhaps you are totally addicted!
Come on a Revitalise Session to see how mindfulness can help with all sorts of addictions and distracting thoughts.