The 5 Step Guide to Breaking Your Phone Addiction, For Good - Deepstash

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Some changes that you can not make, if you want

Some changes that you can not make, if you want

  1. Deleting all your social media apps
  2. Reducing your home screen to six apps
  3. Forcing yourself not to use your phone


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Step 1: Figure out which apps are healthy and which are toxic

Step 1: Figure out which apps are healthy and which are toxic

To figure out the best solution, we have to make sure we’ve fully identified the problem.

The problem with your phone are the apps you have on it. 

The apps that make your life better are the ones that make you happier, better and healtier. They can be basics apps, educational apps, meditating apps, self-improving apps etc...

On the contrary, toxic apps make your life worse. you feel a compulsion to use them and they don't benefit you. They include all social media apps and phone games.


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Step 1: How to do it

Step 1: How to do it

Identify the apps with which you have a toxic relationship and emphasize all apps with which you have a healty one.

The apps that are toxic for people varies from person to person.

If these things are true, the app is probably toxic:

  • You feel a compulsion to use it.
  • You feel worse after using it than if you hadn’t.
  • You regret using it.
  • It makes your life worse instead of better.
  • It gives you little to no benefit.


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Step 2: Delete any apps you don't need

Step 2: Delete any apps you don't need

If there are any apps you don't use at all, delete them. 

Maybe you had plans to use the app in the future, or perhaps you used to use them, but now you don’t. Whatever the reason, if you don’t use it, it’s got to go.


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Step 3: Rearrange your remaining apps

Step 3: Rearrange your remaining apps

A big part of why you waste so much time on Instagram is because Instagram is accessible.

Never put an app you don’t want to use on the home screen. Any apps on the home screen are going to get used more than apps on any other page.

Instead of deleting apps, hide the ones you don't want to use in groups. ( Groups can be: Social, School, Education, entertainment etc.)

Also, place the apps you want to use in a visible position like your home screen.


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Step 4: Turn off (most of) your notifications

Step 4: Turn off (most of) your notifications

Almost all the apps we use every day have a menu in them where you can customize the kinds of notifications you get.

That way, you only see what you want to see, not what the companies want you to see.

Decide which notifications you want to get and the ones you don't want to get.


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Step 5: Download healthy apps

Step 5: Download healthy apps

Instead of using toxic apps like social media, use healthy ones. Here are some examples:

  • Duolingo: A game that teaches you languages. 
  • Medito: A meditation app.
  • Medium and Pocket: Articles on various topics.


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