he UK newspaper Guardian recently published a list called “100 Ways You Can Easily Make Your Life Better Without Trying To”.
Some of these tips made a lot of sense. For example: “Eat meat once a week, ideally less at most.” That is good advice. If everyone in the world ate less meat, prices would go down and I could eat more.
But other tips were also a bit questionable, such as this: “Buy a plant. Do you think you will kill it? Buy a fake. ”I don’t like artificial plants. Even if they look real, you won’t be able to have meaningful conversations with them.
What I found most interesting about the tips is that some of them were related to cell phones, those devices that have become such necessities for many of us. We spend more time touching our phones than anything, even when the lights are off in the bedroom.
Here’s my first mobile tip: “Send a voice memo instead of a text; they sound like personal mini podcasts. ”I’ve never sent a voice memo, but if I did I would say,“ Please leave a good review for my mini podcast. ”
The second phone-related tip is “set time limits for your apps”. This is good advice, especially for people who spend too much time on a single app like Facebook or Twitter. Setting a time limit on Facebook is the second best solution to getting rid of it completely.
The third tip is “go for a walk without your phone”. This tip is related to a fourth tip: “Unplug your headphones as you walk – listen to the world.” Most people who use headphones or earphones hear something on their cell phones. This isn’t an easy tip as many of us have made a habit of taking our phones with us everywhere, even to the bathroom. We believe that cell phones should always be mobile.
When I go for a walk or run I take my cell phone with me just in case there is an emergency at home and someone has to reach me. But from now on I only make one announcement before I leave: “I’m going out without my cell phone. In an emergency, please save your own life. “
The fifth tip is, “Sleep in a different room (and buy an alarm clock) with your phone.” This tip is easy to misunderstand. I can imagine a husband saying to his wife, “Honey, good night! I’ll sleep in a different room with my cell phone. “
This is not a tip for young people. After years of using their cell phone as an alarm clock, it is unrealistic to expect them to buy one of those old alarm clocks their parents used. You might as well ask her to listen to Lata Mangeshkar on a cassette player.
The sixth tip is related to the fifth: “Go to bed early – but don’t take your cell phone with you.” This is good advice, but very difficult to follow, especially for me. Not only do I use my cell phone as an alarm clock, I often fall asleep while listening to a podcast on my cell phone. So many people produce podcasts these days, and a lot of them are extremely good, even excellent, at putting me to sleep. I highly recommend her.
Tip seventh is, “Turn off your phone (or at least delete your work email app) while you’re on vacation.” In fact, you don’t want your boss to call you or email you while you’re doing your well-deserved one Enjoy time out. Just make sure you don’t get a voice memo that says, “I’ve decided to give you some more free time. You don’t have to go back to work. “
The last tip is especially important for people who eat with friends or family: “Don’t look at your phone at dinner.” When you have company at the dinner table, it is considered disrespectful to look at a phone until you do it.