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7 Good Reasons To Make You Turn Off Your Smartphone Now

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7 Good Reasons To Make You Turn Off Your Smartphone Now

From smartphone notifications to phone calls from the office, your smartphone may seem like it’s doing a great job at keeping you on top of your business and personal life. However, in reality, it is simply doing so while also adding on stress. With the clutter of social media, like Facebook, also being added to the mix, could stepping away from your smartphone actually do more good in making you more productive? There are others who may say that the time away from your smartphone can add stress to your life. Regardless of your view, we will take a look at seven reasons smartphone detoxing is a good thing.

Improving Your Sleep

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    Any form of stimuli right before bed can affect the way that you are sleeping through the night. Unplugging yourself from your smartphone will offer you less of a temptation to want to connect right before bed. As many smartphone users know, it is so easy to check email and Facebook right before bed, and to catch up on what you missed right when you wake up the next day. This resting of the brain is coupled with the recommendation to also cut out television and bright lights at least an hour and a half before you hit the sheets.

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    Enhanced Memory

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      A smartphone is considered a second brain for many individuals. It is the place where they keep information that they would otherwise be unable to remember on their own. When you cut out the smartphone in this equation, you are forced to have to remember things using your own brain or to fall back on more traditional note-taking methods. In the end, this will enhance your brain to remember more information and for faster recall in the long run.

      Solidified Social Interactions

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        In a post-Facebook world, friendships are given a new definition. A friend is now any form of a connection you may have after *possibly* meeting at least once or twice. When you cut out the smartphone in this equation and by proxy lessen your involvement on social media websites, you are able to have meaningful connections with individuals. The individuals who will truly be a connection for you will be those who are in your vicinity and you will be able to tune out those who you may not find are truly in your life.

        Increased Efficiency

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          Cutting down on your smartphone usage will allow you to tackle more important issues tactfully and efficiency. You become efficient because you don’t have issues that arise such as the need to charge your device, storage being full, applications crashing, and loading times. In addition, instead of waiting for a message reply, you will be more prompted to meet with individuals face-to-face. All in all, this will allow you to distinguish between a true emergency situation and one that can truly wait or be solved in person.

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          Become More Resourceful

          Without resources from your smartphone being readily available at your disposal, you will find yourself becoming more resourceful in how you are able to tackle problems that you may encounter. Instead of simply looking online to find information about something, you may check out resources like other individuals or books to find the information that you need to know. This, as hinted above, will also spark you to want to only find information that needs to be figured out, not simply something you want to know as a fun fact.

          Less Stress Overall

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            In the end, you will find it nice to not have to deal with the constant flow of both necessary and unnecessary information being sent to your device. The ability to also not have to care about maintaining an expensive device is a great incentive to detach yourself from your smartphone as well. This amount of stress that is lifted from your shoulders is enough to make any individual want to detach themselves from their phone for at least a day or so.

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            Able To Make Necessary Adjustments

            Once you have made yourself detached from your phone, you are able to find out what necessary adjustments you can make in choosing which features you truly need in a phone and what you can do without. You may find that you don’t need a certain program or feature that is the main selling point of your smartphone after all. This can be what prompts you to make a device change, which can be simpler and even cheaper in monthly payments.

            Let us know in the comments below which incentive you find best draws you to detach from your smartphone.

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            Last Updated on November 22, 2021

            Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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            Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

            Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

            During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

            But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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            Simplify

            I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

            Absolutely.

            And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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            If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

            • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
            • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
            • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

            Be Mindful

            You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

            Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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            Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

            Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

            Reflect

            As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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            Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

            But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

            So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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