You already know, spending time on your phone isn’t the best way to start your day. It is hard putting away your device when it is your alarm clock. It takes willpower to beat the clickbait…
Having a well organised daily routine beats willpower every time. Environment is the key to succes here. Use an alarm clock to get out of bed, not your phone. For instance, place your phone in a different room than your bedroom. Little things can change a lot.
Even in your workplace creating a no-phone zone is a smart thing to do, so you need no self-discipline to escape the social media platforms. Creating a dedicated time and place for checking your phone, scheduling those times in your daily routine, will make your workflow feel more easy. For example 2-3 times a day is probably enough. With a structured workflow you are in charge of the right things, and at the right time to do those things.
Organise your workflow with a holistic view
Look at your workflow as a whole, because a daily routine takes care of distractions not getting in the way. There are lots of articles about routines of highly effective people, or the 5 things to do before 8 ‘o clock. However it is not a copy-paste thing. You have to find the things that work for you! The holistic perspective is the key to succes here, everything needs to be in its right place (your right place, your decision). If you don’t take care of the little parts, a nag can become a distraction in time. You have to find out what works for you, my routine is not your routine or anyone else. A routine is build out of different ’tools’, find your tools that work together. It probably takes a while to get there, be patience with yourself.
More on creating routines: read this article on writing habits.
You can find a book description about Tiny Habits in the June Book List.
An article (in Dutch) with a little introduction to a holistic lifestyle.