Photo by Matthew.
Over at Apartment Therapy, Kim McCormick did a little experiment where she banished her phone from her bedside for one month, and actually had a positive experience:
While I expected to notice the change the most at night, the morning has been the biggest improvement. Using a dedicated alarm clock has actually helped me get up earlier. I'm hitting snooze less often; the alarm has only one, pretty annoying sound. But really, it's the peacefulness of letting my mind ease into wakefulness, rather than checking to see who's shared an interesting photo of flowers or dogs, that makes me happiest about reshaping my habits.
This isn't necessarily something everyone could expect from the same experiment, but it is an interesting thought. I sleep next to my phone every night and look at it first thing when I wake up, even though I know I shouldn't -- and I don't even use it as an alarm. What do you do? Have you ever tried banishing your phone, and if so, how did it go?
Banishing My Phone from the Bedside: The Results, One Month Later [Apartment Therapy]