The very simple ‘phone hack’ that will improve your life and make you more successful 

A professional speaker and motivator has revealed his simple ‘phone hack’ for improving your life, and the other tech tips he swears by for success.

Australian expert Brent Williams said you shouldn’t touch your phone for the first and last 30 minutes of your day.  

‘Make sure the first and last 30 minutes of every day are no phone and just commit to being present when you wake up and before you go to sleep,’ Brent said on the Driven Young podcast.

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A professional speaker and motivator has revealed his simple 'phone hack' for improving your life, and the other tech tips he swears by for success (Brent Williams pictured)

A professional speaker and motivator has revealed his simple ‘phone hack’ for improving your life, and the other tech tips he swears by for success (Brent Williams pictured)

Brent Williams recommends that you put your phone away for the first and last 30 minutes of every single day for happiness and success (stock image)

Brent Williams recommends that you put your phone away for the first and last 30 minutes of every single day for happiness and success (stock image)

‘While it’s hard for me in the morning, at night I find it easy to be without my phone and am often without it for three or four hours.’

Brent recommends using an alarm clock instead of your phone, so you are not tempted to check your device throughout the night or first thing when you wake up.

Then, at night, try and do something else that has no blue light – whether it’s painting or reading.

The motivational speaker said while he believes the phone can be a powerful tool, these days we are too reliant on our devices – and so it’s a good idea to set yourself a few boundaries.

‘So many people struggle with anxiety now, and one of the biggest reasons for the spike, I think, is because we don’t sit alone with our thoughts anymore,’ Brent said.

‘The phone is dangerous because you are connected to everything all the time, and that can be overwhelming.’

He recommends that you use an alarm clock instead of your phone so you're not tempted to check your phone as soon as you wake up or in the middle of the night (stock image)

He recommends that you use an alarm clock instead of your phone so you’re not tempted to check your phone as soon as you wake up or in the middle of the night (stock image)

The motivational speaker also shared his other tech tips, including that you should make your bedroom a technology-free zone and use the measurement apps on your mobile phone to quantify how much time you’re spending on your device.

‘If you can avoid having a phone in your room, even to charge it, then that is good,’ Brent said.

‘As soon as you put the phone in your bedroom, there is a propensity for waking up at night and just looking at it.’

He recommends charging it elsewhere, like the kitchen, and then consulting with it 30 minutes after waking.

Brent (pictured) shared his other tech tips, including making sure 24 hours of every month is completely tech-free

Brent (pictured) shared his other tech tips, including making sure 24 hours of every month is completely tech-free

Elsewhere, the expert said you should use the measurement apps to see how much time you have spent on your phone and put limits on it.

Then, try to improve those measurements each day.

‘Once a month, I recommend you do no phone for 24 hours,’ he said.

For this, you’ll need to do whatever you have to do to keep yourself away from it, whether it’s put it in a cupboard or turn it off and don’t charge it.

‘You should finally do one tech-free break every day,’ Brent said.

‘Commit to a block of time every day when you’re not with your phone and see how good you feel when you’re not in it.’

Then, make sure you only check your social media for one hour every day, but divide it into three 20-minute slots so you’re not refreshing every five minutes. 

What are the tech tips that will change your life?

Brent (pictured) said you need to use your measurement apps so you can see how much time you're spending on your phone

Brent (pictured) said you need to use your measurement apps so you can see how much time you’re spending on your phone

1. Make sure the first and last 30 minutes of your day are spent without your phone.

2. Only check your social media and phone for a maximum of one hour every day, but rather than refresh every five minutes, make sure that it is in three 20-minute blocks.

3. Once a month, commit to putting your phone away for 24 hours.

4. Commit to a tech-free break every day. Lock your phone away and notice how much better you feel when your phone is away.

5. Use your measurement apps so you can see how much time you’re spending on your phone every day. You need to seek to improve those measurements.

Source: Brent Williams

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