Screen Time Out (…Sort Of)

May 23, 2018 | Nest News

Who couldn’t use a little less screen time and little more me time? Literally putting your life on pause – even if for a day or two – sounds great, but is harder than you might think. The majority of us rely on our devices for work and productivity, meaning technology has played a more integral part of our lives today more than ever before. Always being on isn’t a habit, it’s a necessity, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we shouldn’t try to moderate our use.  So, instead of trying to go cold turkey this weekend, try these tips and tricks that rely on your device to help you reduce your screen time.

 

Playlists.

Listening to music and other mood setting sounds is a great way to disconnect from your screen and connect back into reality. There are a ton of free playlists just waiting for you to enjoy. All you have to do is throw it on, connect to a speaker, step away and let your phone do the rest.

Try these relaxing tracks you’ve never heard of:

Clothes Dryer: https://spoti.fi/2J4IQNi

Lawn Mower: https://spoti.fi/2E5wVvj

Eating: https://spoti.fi/2IeZpVI

 

Apps. 

This might sound counterintuitive, but there are some amazing apps made to help you reduce your screen time. You know what, have a look for yourself:

Off The Grid: http://bit.ly/2uBykdA 
For those who truly have a problem staying off that phone, Off the Grid may be for you. Off the Grid completely blocks your phone for a length of time determined by you.

Freedom: https://apple.co/2J1jdwV
Freedom allows you to create block lists and schedule time away from apps that may be most distracting.

Flipd: https://apple.co/2Ii26Gb 
Flipd is the leading app that effectively hides social media apps and games for you so that you can stay focused and on-task. You can even challenge yourself to stay off of your phone and track your productivity and progress as you go.

 

Audio Books.

Escape through a good book. There are tons of services online that house thousands of books in their digital libraries for you to explore. Books not only expand your mind; they are proven to be a great escape to the stresses of everyday life. We also recommend audio books to reduce eye strain. Below are some titles to help you get started:

Born a Crime: http://bit.ly/2GLGZwn 
Trevor Noah, one of the comedy world’s fastest-rising stars and host of The Daily Show, tells his wild coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

I Can’t Make This Up: http://bit.ly/2FM6vEt 
Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words.

 

Instead of completely unplugging this long weekend, try using your phone to help you disconnect for a few moments throughout the day, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how relaxing it can be – plus, your brain and eyes will thank you.

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