As I find new ways to maximize my productivity, one technique I tried worked like a charm. Most people aren't going to like what I have to say, and honestly, for me, it felt like ripping off a band-aid to admit it, but we spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME on our phones. I realized people including myself spend a lot of time bitching about how quickly their phone's battery dies. We spend more money on buying battery packs to extend the time we can spend wasting away more time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, e-mail, texting, etc.
Now I understand for some staying off their phones might be impossible. I get it. As a business owner, I'm always looking for ways to add value to my business, and a lot of that requires me to be active on my social media accounts while engaging with people. However, I think there's a right way to do it. For those who don't run a business, and spend most of their phone usage on texting and browsing social media the same discipline can be applied.
What I first started doing was putting my phone away during my work hours. If I needed to schedule social media posts I would do so on either the apps Buffer or Planoly. The same would go for e-mails as I would only check them twice per day unless something was ABSOLUTELY time sensitive. I not only put my phone away, but I would also turn it to airplane mode, and more often than not I would completely forget about my phone. It no longer seemed like a distraction to me.
The same would go for other non-work related tasks I would do during the day. Our phones tend to take away our focus. I noticed that I'd check it a million times during a gym session, or just casually browse while watching TV (another thing I've reduced spending time on). During my workouts at the gym, I practiced an enormous amount of willpower and would only get on my phone to put music or a podcast on, or switch between tracks (or a selfie here and there). I would also go as long as possible during the morning without checking my phone. Part of my new daily routine includes reading for an hour to an hour and a half right when I wake up, and sometimes after waking up around 6 am, I wouldn't check my phone until 930-10am. The same tactic was used right before bed. As I try to improve my quality of sleep, I would try my best to stay off my phone at least an hour before bed to avoid all that blue light.
Not before long I felt distant with my phone, and it felt liberating. I no longer had this constant, nagging need to check my phone every five minutes. For a week I would wake up with my phone at 100% in the morning, and record what my percentage was before I called it a day. The first day I only used 69% of my battery. Keep in mind that this involved using my phone now and then during the day for up to 16 hours, and never charging once. The next day I turned it into a competition against myself. By the end of the day I had used 63%, and by day four I was only using 34% of my phone's battery.
I was able to do this all while staying productive, posting what I needed to on social media, and responding to friends and family. However, by exercising great restraint during those few days I grew less dependent of my phone. Our phones are powerful tools, and we take for granted all that we are capable of doing because of them. At the same, I think we take for granted life that's happening around us off our phone. So rather than bitching about how your battery doesn't last more than 6 hours, perhaps you put it down once and while and enjoy the life that's around you.