How To Spend Less Time On Your Phone And More Time On Becoming Successful

Do you routinely check your phone at dinner or walk with your head buried in your Facebook news feed instead of taking in the world around you? Well, chances are your phone could be getting in the way of your success. Here’s how to spend less time on it and more time in the moment!

#1 Track the amount of time you’re spending on your phone 

There are apps like Moment that track how much time you spend on your phone and let you look at the harsh reality of those figures, and the Forest app helps you stay in the moment by putting you in charge of a digital forest, the more time you stay away from your phone, the more the forest grows! Nobody wants dead trees, do they?

#2 Use a watch instead of your phone’s clock

It’s so easy to check the time on your phone and then get distracted by your social media accounts and waste an hour just scrolling along. You can avoid that temptation all together by buying a timeless watch like the Classic St Mawes or the new Classic Reading watch from Daniel Wellington. We’ve got a discount code for you, too! Use the code CAREERGIRL on Daniel Wellington for a 15% discount until March 15!

#3 Turn off notifications

A simple (but often overlooked) tip to avoid getting caught up in those pesky group WhatsApp conversations, just disable all notifications (or even put your phone in flight mode) so you can focus on the important things.

#4 Restrict your tech time 

Breaking up with your phone for a little could mean you turn to your laptop as a way to procrastinate, taking some time off tech and blocking unnecessary websites will allow you to focus, browser extensions like StayFocusd work by allowing you to restrict the amount of time you spend on those time-wasting website.

#5 Schedule some time apart 

Plan to have a little phone free time, whether it’s 15 minutes a day or more, read a book or go out and leave your phone at home. At first you might feel panic and devastation, but with time you’ll learn to rely less on what your phone can give you and more on the moments around you.

Giveaway! We know how much you girls love the Daniel Wellington watches thanks to all your comments and messages, so we’re choosing 5 lucky career girls to win the watch of their choice! All you have to do is choose a watch from Daniel Wellington and comment below your pick! Winners will be announced on the 14th February!


Photography Camille Valbusa for Career Girl Daily

  1. I love your site! Great advise for young professionals :) My favorite watch is the 34 mm Classic St Mawes watch in Rose Gold with the brown strap:

  2. Another great article guys, love your site :)
    And the Grace London is a stunning watch!! Xox

  3. Great tips! I’m definitely addicted to my mobile…switching off notifications now!!
    By the way, obsessed with the Classic St. Mawes 36mm in rose gold!! X

  4. I was literally just worrying about how addicted to my phone I’m becoming! Your post came at just the ring time! Thank you!
    I love the Classic Sheffield xx

  5. Thanks for these great tips. I immediately started using the Forest app. So cool.

    My favorite watch is the Classic Canterbury, by the way, but they’re all simply beautiful. Now, I wish I had more arms to wear them all at once.

  6. Hi, perfect anniversary gift would be classic Sheffield 36mm in silver! Love the website!

  7. I have to download those apps asap! haha i love the classic st mawes 36mm in rose gold! great post! kisses:D

  8. Literally just downloaded both these apps and for the next couple of days I’m not going to restrict myself and see how much time I really do spend on my phone

  9. Classic Sheffield in Rose Gold is perfect❤
    Love the ideas from the post,too! The Forest app must be interensting!

  10. Bout to download the Forest app, such a cool concept! And I’ve always wanted DW’s Classic Reading in Rose Gold :)

  11. Classy sheffield 26mm in silver <3 !!

  12. I would LOVE the DW Classic reading watch in rose gold!! Also, I did a week without all social media – that helped me to use my phone less for sure, even now I use it less and have turned off all notifications! Feels like you’ve got hours more in a day when you limit phone time! xx

  13. I need to get that Forest app, it sounds so cool! :) And I’d love to get Classic St Mawes in rose gold, it looks very stylish.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  14. Everymorning i read all your post because they give me so much positivity and make me feel powerful! I really love this in rose gold
    Because i don’t use leather and i don’t know if they are made with real leather.

  15. I would love to have any one of them, BUT my favorite is the Classic Reading 36mm in Rose Gold

  16. The DW Classic Shefield 36mm in Rose Gold would make me feel so put together and professional as I’m going through job interviews. It’s been tough to find a new job after losing my last one, so it would feel great to walk into interviews feeling confident!!

  17. I am looking up the Forest app now! And having a timepiece separate from my phone would do wonders for me. My pick, DW’s Classic St. Mawes 36mm in rose gold.

  18. I would loooove the classic reading 36 mm in rose gold! It would definitely help me a take a break from my phone and help me feel more
    Professional! Love this article!

  19. Hi CGD! I love this post, even though I’m still a student, I take your advices into account and apply it into my life as a student. I would love the Classing Reading (36mm, Rose Gold) I just fell in love with it the minute I saw it x Hope you girls had a great week !

  20. I just downloaded Moment and Im really curious to find out how much time I spend on my phone! I’d love to have a DW Classic Sheffield 36mm in rose gold! <3

  21. gotta download the Forest app real soon! and i would love the 26 mm Classy St. Mawes in rose gold!

  22. The classic reader in silver is the watch I would love to have. Great article and reminder of what really is important in life and that is time. You can not get it back once it is gone. Thanks.

  23. SO digging the Bristol watch what a gorgeous classic watch!! Also I totally agree with turning off notifications. It is crazy how distracting they are and it is nice to know that with them off you wont get interrupted, especially with the group conversationss.

  24. The classic st mawes in rose gold is beautiful! I will be downloading the Forest app for my phone – such a good idea for an app. I need to spend less time on my phone.

  25. Such a nice post! Generally love your content :) I would like get the Classic Sheffield in silver and I think it’s only availible in 40 mm but if it is availible in 36 mm I would like to get that. You’re so commited to this bog and it really shines trough! <3


  26. Love the Classic Sheffield 36mm because it is timeless:) Thank you for the great reads, keep up the great work,

  27. The ‘Classic Sheffield” is absolutely gorgeous — goodness knows it’s high time I invested in a watch rather than constantly checking my phone for the time and ending up highly distracted…. Great content, CGD!

  28. my pick is Classy St Mawes 34mm rose gold.

    This article provides practical tips for us to stay at the present and appreciate the moment. Thanks CRD for always giving a positive outlook towards life and being the biggest support for career girls like me all over the world.

  29. It is really confronting to see the amount of time you spend on your phone.. Whoops! I am putting it away after reading this article and finale finish my book… But first the watch that’s been on my Wishlist for a few months; the Classic St Mawes. Love it!
    Thanks for this article!

  30. Such great advice on focusing on what’s most important and meaningful in our lives. We don’t always realize how much time we’ve wasted on our phones and electronic devices until the end of the day and it’s too late to get that time back. Love the Classic St. Makes 36mm in rose gold.

  31. The Classic Reading 36mm in rose gold is astonishingly beautiful, and would be a great accessory in these stressful uni times. I must say I appreciate your website so much, for useful tips or just a relaxing read – so thanks ladies! That watch would definitely be the best valentine gift I ever got! (although the only gift I’ve really received so far was a home-sown heart shaped pillow by a boy in school..what the heck huh)

  32. I love the classic sheffield 36 mm in silver like the one on the cover photo. Its the perfect “wear-it-every-day at -the-office” look. Awesome!

  33. Just downloaded the Moment app! Already know that the amount of time I spend on my phone is beyond shameful! Love DW’s Classy St. Mawes in Rose Gold..

  34. This is about the 4th time today I’ve heard of the Forest app. I’ll have to look into that. I love the Classic Southamption 36 mm :)

  35. awesome post! We really can get caught up in the digital world sometimes! I’ve had my eye on the Classic Sheffield 36mm in rose gold.

  36. Great piece! It is both interesting and informative. Love the article and the Classy York 26mm watch in rose gold

  37. Very helpful. Im doing some social detox right now and I try to use my phone at least 2hrs/day and I find #1 really helpful.
    Rose Gold Classy Sheffield 34mm

  38. Definitely downloading the Moment or Forrest app – I am terrible for unnecessarily being on my phone! Might leave it at home next time I go out as well ~ Great tips.
    I am a little in love with the Classic Sheffield 36mm in silver :) What an amazing give away, thanks!

  39. Society has become way too dependent on technology and social media…its definitely time to get back a little “me” time! Love love LOVE the classic st mawes 36mm!

  40. This post is so on point. To much time is spent on the phone and not enough looking up from it! People are missing life.. DW’s Classic Reading in Rose Gold is a dream :) xx

  41. Team Career Girl Daily, thanks for inspiration every day! I really fall in love with Classic Sheffield 36mm in Rose Gold. Hope, I’ll be the lucky one….)

  42. I have had Moment app for a while and it helps me to stay away from my phone while working. As a final year student I really need that :) I love the Classic Reading 36mm in rose gold! Thank you for sharing these tips with us :)

  43. great tips i have to check out the Forest app :)
    I like the Classy Sheffield 34mm in Silver! Its exactly the watch I’ve been looking for.

  44. Getting a wrist watch instead of always checking my phone for the time is very sound advice. I just checked out the Daniel Wellington website and I love the Classic York.

  45. I really LOVE this watch! My most fave is Classic Canterbury Lady in Rose Gold :) This is a great site!

  46. I spent too much time on my phone until recently. I noticed I would somehow end up on my phone while my son was playing, thinking he wasn’t paying much attention to me. Last week I put my phone down while he was playing and he smiled, handed me a car and said “do you want to play with me, mommy?” #TEARJERKER #feelslikeabadmommy It was the sweetest and most sad moment I’ve had with my 2 yr old baby. We get so wrapped up in what we think is important and we miss exactly what’s in front of us. This article is great and so are the apps like forest. The Classic St Mawes 40mm Mens watch is actually my favorite. I have a bigger hand and the face is bigger than the women’s so it’s actually very beautiful. Most women don’t look at men’s watches but you should ladies! #greatarticle #LOVEcareergirldaily

  47. I work for an IT company, and quite often I catch my eyes wandering to my phone or popping open a browser for Facebook. I realized just recently how much time I was spending distracting myself, and decided to change things up. Now, if I catch myself itching to get on my phone or open a tab for social media, I’ll force myself to get up and walk to the break room or around the office. It gives my eyes and brain a break from work, without getting sucked into my phone, and also gives me some extra steps! The Classy St Mawes 26mm with rose gold is absolutely stunning – it’s elegant enough for work, but still casual enough to wear out post-office! (I could use it to time myself on my mini-walks around the office :) )

  48. I already finished a paper and two assignments after turning off my whatsapp and messenger notifications! Thanks so much for the helpful advice! My GPA is super appreciative too!! DW watch: Classic Sheffield, 36mm, rose gold <3 :)

  49. Wonderfully useful post. I think everyone spends more time on their phone than they mean to. Loving the Classic Sheffield 36mm watch too….

  50. DW’s watches look great! Very classy and elegant.Classic St Mawes 36mm in rose gold is my favorite!

  51. I LOOOOOVE this post, the classy Sheffield 34mm (Silver) caught my eye !!

  52. In love with the Classic Reading in rose gold?

  53. Oh that Classic St. Mawes in Rose Gold is just gorgeous. Great post! It’s so easy to lose track of how much time we actually spend. All those “quick” checks really add up fast!

  54. just downloaded moment!! these are awesome tips. thank you! & the DW classic st. mawes in rose gold is my favorite :-)

  55. Thanks for the great advice!! :D I would definitely love Classic Reading 36mm. it’s a perfect watch to wear to the office :)

  56. 2016 discoveries:
    1. Career girl daily – it’s amazing. I didn’t expect to find blog like this.
    2. I will start my new job from February 17 :) to change the job was the aim of year:)
    3. Mature, stylish watch – Classic Sheffield 36mm Rose gold – to know when you have to leave the office and go to relax :)

    P.S. February 26 – my 27 birthday, hurray :)

  57. Amazing tips, thank you!
    I’d love to win the Classic St Mawes 36mm in Rose Gold. It’s classic and modern at the same time and is a piece that would go with everything!

  58. Thanks for the tips and for a lovely blog! I have always wanted the Classic St Mawes 36mm in Rose gold, perfect watch for any Career girl! :)

  59. This is awesome, thank you! And the 14th is also my birthday :)

    I would absolutely LOVE the 36mm Classic St Mawes –

  60. Wow, this is so helpful. The giveaway is so generous of you. I would love to get the Daniel Wellington Classy st Mawes 26 mm in Rose Gold because it is so classic and my wrist is too small for a 36 mm one (hehe) Another reason I would love to get it is because my birthday is on 15 february and since my family can’t afford that kind of expensive stuff it would be the best BDay present I could ever get, and I have been looking to buy a watch for so long!!! Love you Career Girls ♥♥♥

  61. What I need is the Classic Reading 36 mm in rose gold to be daily a career girl. No more time wasted getting distracted by the social apps :D

  62. Using a watch really helps and I also just put my phone out of sight when I’m winding down at nights and use an actual alarm clock

  63. It’s surprisingly hard to avoid checking the time on my phone, but I think wearing a watch really does help cut down on some of that wasted time. Thanks for the tips!

    Love the classic reading watch!

  64. I agree – keeping a watch definitely puts you in a better position to beat that Tech obsession. Classic St Mawes 36mm Rose Gold!!!

  65. It`s funny how technology were made to help us but now we need to use it to avoid the distractions that it causes. Weel, I`m really sure a Classic St Mawes 36mm Rose Gold would help me cut down on some of that wasted time.

  66. Ever since I instituted a tech-free Sunday, those days feel so much more relaxing and free. I would love to keep my time on those (and every!) day with the rose gold 36mm Classic Sheffield or Reading!

  67. Love the tips and wish I had seen them before my last trip! It would have saved me a ton of aggravation. I’m in love with the DW Classic Reading watch. It’s classic and beautiful and would go from business to pleasure. All the things I desire.

  68. Never use my phone to check the time, always a watch! I love the Classy St Mawes 34mm in Rose Gold! So timeless & beautiful!

  69. I have been wanting a DW since before Christmas!! Didn’t get one from Santa … can you be my Santa? :) LOVE the Classy St Mawes Rose Gold 34mm

  70. I started wearing a watch last year, and I will not go back! I love the Classic Sheffield Silver 26mm. I’d like to say “add to my collection” too… but I haven’t gotten there yet. A Daniel Wellington watch would certainly make it though!

  71. I love the the classy sheffield Rose Gold 26 mm !

  72. the moment app is a lifesaver! I have really cut down on the amount of time I spend on my phone because of it. :) I have always loved the Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol watch!

  73. I love the Classic St Mawes 36mm in rose gold so classy and at the same time suitable for a modern career girl.

  74. in love with this blog and all of its tips for young career women!! the perfect wacth to go with it is the classic st mawes silver 36mm ! :)

  75. Great post, as brilliant as smart phones are, it’s important to have a little ‘time apart’. I’ve stopped looking at mine in a morning and feel much less stressed. I love the 0952 DW Winchester Navy/Pink canvas strap!

  76. Obsessed with the Classic York 36 mm in silver. It’s absolutely perfect to wear to my conservative workplace. Beautifully crafted for professional women.

  77. This post is so helpful, thank you for your recommendations! My favorite is definitely the Classic Bristol Silver 36mm.

  78. I love Classy Sheffield 34mm (in silver)! I would feel like one of you girls with them :)) Hugs from Sweden :))

  79. DW’s classic reading in rose gold has been on my wish list for a long time. This post has really shined a light on how much time I spend on my phone!

  80. I’m definitely getting the Forest app. I find myself going on my phone way too much in class or when I should be cleaning at home. :(

    And the classic southhampton 36mm is beautiful.

  81. Classic Sheffield 36mm in rose gold is my choice! It would be a perfect asseccories for my new job that I am about to start!

  82. This is EXACTLY what I’m trying to implement in my own life… gaw! so not easy, but so worth it. I just don’t like when other’s don’t understand and get upset that you didn’t message them back for hours — but if I need to focus on blogging or studying, then that phone is OFF, baby.

  83. Love this! Great advice. We all need to spend more time with the people we’re actually with.
    -Kara //

  84. Thank you! downloaded the Forest app and loving it!

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