How to Break Up with Your Phone – Catherine Price Book Summary

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How to Break Up with Your Phone – Catherine Price

We might not realize it, but each time we compulsively check our phones, we’re programming ourselves to develop a technology addiction, one that can start innocently and derail our life in the long run. Let’s get rid of this!

Selling our attention

Your attention is what gets sold on social media. Every moment we spend on social media is attention spent making money for someone else.

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The unfortunate thing about this is that attention is the most valuable thing we have. In other words, we experience what we pay attention to.

Once you’re aware of the motives behind social media platforms— namely, attention stealing and information gathering—you’ll begin to notice how these motives are incorporated into their designs.Free book, podcast summaries

The Problem With Multitasking

Studies show that the more we use social media, the less happy we become.

Humans are terrible at multitasking. Even those who believe that they are great at multitasking are not. Our brains can only process one cognitively demanding task at a time.

Multitasking is not only exhausting, but it also makes us unproductive.

How To Take Back Your Life

The damage that smartphones do to our brains is reversible. You can improve your concentration, rebuild your attention span and improve your memories.

The first step to taking back your life is to practice mindfulness. Practice paying attention to how your cravings feel emotionally and physically and relaxing into them.

The more you practice being mindful, the more it becomes obvious that your brain has a mind of its own

Paying deliberate attention to your moment-to-moment experience also gives you more fodder for memories that don’t involve your phone.

Week 1 Of The Break Up: Technology Triage

This action plan should be spread out over the course of 30 days, divided into four weeks:

Day 1: Download a tracking app: A tracking app will tell you how many hours you spend on your phone

Day 2: Assess your current relationship with your phone.

Day 3: Start paying attention to how and when you use your phone. 

Day 4: Take stock and take action:  Look at the results of your tracking app.

Day 5: Delete social media apps.

Day 6: Come back to real life: Now that you have free time on your hands, find something that you always wanted to do and do it

Day 7: Start doing physical activities.

Week 2: Changing Your Habits

Day 8: Say no to notifications: Turn all notifications on your phone off except for calls and messaging.

Day 9: The life-changing magic of the tidying app: Tidy your apps based on two criteria: steal your time and improve your daily life.

Day 10: Change where you charge.  If you charge your phone in the bedroom, change the location.

Day 11: Set yourself up for success:  Create routines that make it easier for you to succeed in your endeavour. 

Day 12: Download an app blocker.

Day 13: Set boundaries: Set no-phone zones

Day 14: Stop interacting with your phone if you are actively interacting with other people

Week 3: Reclaiming Your Brain

Day 15: Stop, breathe, and be: When tempted to reach for your phone, stop what you are doing, take a slow breath, and feel what you are experiencing.

Day 16: Practice pausing: Practice pausing before you reach out for your phone.

Day 17: Exercise your attention span.  Try to actively focus on something and see how long you can hold it.

Day 18: Meditate:  Choose something like your breathing to focus on.

Day 19: Prepare to separate yourself from your phone for 24 hours.

Day 20 -21: Separate yourself from your phone for 24 hours.

Week 4: Your New Relationship

Day 22: Trial separation recap: Reflect on your trial separation and see what you’ve learned.

Day 23: Phast: Practice turning your phone off occasionally.

Day 24: Manage your invitations. Stop, and meditate when you feel the urge to reach for your phone

Day 25: Clean up the rest of your digital life.

Day 26: Start being aware of why you are checking your phone. 

Day 27: Experiment with taking breaks from your phone often.

Day 28: Create a plan to help you maintain a healthy relationship with your phone.

Day 29: Schedule a regular check-in with yourself.

Day 30: You made it!

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