Everywhere you go people are constantly on their cellphones and many claim it’s an addiction.

Simon Cowell has given up his cell phone for about 10 months so far. He says it has helped him become more aware of the people around him and has boosted his mental health and happiness.

For those who claim to be “addicted,” here are some tips to help you live without your phone.

  1. Use an app that tells you how many times a day you use your phone. You’ll be shocked to see how much you actually use it. Then try to lower that number each day. (Checking the app counts, nice try!)
  2. Smash your phone with a hammer, and then each time you buy a new one, smash it with a hammer. You know you’ve succeeded when the number of times you use a hammer exceeds the number of times you use your phone.
  3. Make of list of things you want to accomplish each day, and don’t touch your phone until you’ve checked off the entire list.
  4. Each day, before you allow yourself to check your phone, soak it in boiling water for 8 hours.
  5. Disable all notifications. You’re more likely to ignore something that’s not making noise or vibrating.
  6. Hide your phone in a spot that you’d never look.
  7. Make a list of the times that you can or can’t use your phone. For example, NEVER allow yourself to text when you’re driving or ONLY allow yourself to respond to an email when you’re on a trampoline.
  8. Put your phone in airplane mode before you go to bed and don’t switch it back until March 18, 2025.

I have limited my phone usage by only using it while I’m awake. Additionally, during my waking hours, I’m only allowed to look at it if I’m holding it and it’s in my line of sight.

I hope these tips help you limit your phone usage. Text me several times a day to keep me updated on your progress.



Joel is a cellular consultant and enjoys chasing ping pong balls on a windy cruise ship