Bad Habits

Smartphones have made many aspects of our lives easier — including getting distracted. There comes a point when staying connected changes from productivity to procrastination. Bad phone habits are tough to break, but it’s not impossible. In this article, I’ll show you how to do it without going off the grid… 

3 Tips to Overcome Smartphone Bad Habits in a Digital World

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate tech by any means. I believe that mastering sales by phone is one of the most powerful tools to succeed.

But according to a 2023 survey by, Americans check their smartphones an average of 144 times per day! And let’s be honest, they are not making deals each of those nearly 150 times… 

With that in mind, here are three tips to simultaneously ditch the bad habits and maximize your smartphone use. 

Distance Yourself from Distracting Apps

I’m going to assume that your over-usage issues are not from making too many phone calls.

 If you’re like most of us, you get sucked into wasting time on social media or other distracting apps. Therefore, the first step to breaking bad phone habits is…


When you have the “death scroll” app icons off your home screen, it becomes out of sight, out of mind. Further, you can turn off notifications for them in settings to help remove temptation. 

Still, it could be time to uninstall it if that isn’t enough and you keep being lured back… 

Fill in the Blank Space in Your Calendar

My second tip for finally breaking your smartphone bad habits is to get busy. You need to become jam-packed with productivity you can barely use your phone for necessary actions. 

There is more than a nugget of truth in the adage about “idle hands.” But make sure you’re getting busy with activities that get you closer to your goals — not just actions. 

Block scheduling is a great method to not only minimize your distractions but also maximize your daily accomplishments. 

 Staying busy will help, but you can strengthen your discipline even more… 

Shut it Down!

I said earlier in this article that you would not have to give up your phone — and I meant it. 


The exact hours that you do this will depend on your schedule and lifestyle. A good starting point is an hour before you go to sleep until an hour after you wake up. 

These suggestions will make a huge difference in shifting how you use your phone time. In the end, it’s all going to come down to your mindset… 

You CAN Break Smartphone Bad Habits 

As I mentioned previously, smartphones are a tool. The ability to stop misuse of them comes from that perspective. 

In general, mild bad habits are borne from boredom and need to refocus. So, next time you think about picking up your phone consider this… 

Will doing this result in achieving my full potential? 

If the answer is “no,” do something that will. 

Be Great,

Grant Cardone 

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.