What's the remedy for Glued to My Phone syndrome?

By Real Simple
Updated April 09, 2015
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Smart phone to-do-list makers have progressed past pen and paper to a notepad application or calendar function on their phone—but their lists can look as long and ill structured as their pen and paper predecessors.Make the Most of Your MethodThese smart apps will help you better manage your to-dos and (dare we say?) change your life. Todoist. Available for download on any smartphone, this app lets you group tasks, set email reminders, and even color code your to-dos for free. Upgrade to a premium membership ($5 a month) and receive alerts about important tasks sent to you via text message.Remember the Milk.This app for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry allows you to organize your tasks into tabs, set automatic reminders, and share tasks with others—perfect for those who want their husband to pick up bread without hearing huffing and puffing. Gmail users can stream to-dos directly to google calendars; iPhone users can add tasks with Siri (because typing is so 2011).Evernote. Perfect for the woman whose phone dies at inopportune times, this app lets you create a to-do list on your mobile device and access it anywhere. Using cloud technology, you’ll be able to pull up your lists on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
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Do you have someone—maybe a coworker or a teenager—who can't put down her phone or look up from his computer? You might be dealing with a tech addict, and it can be frustrating to see the phone on the dinner table, Facebook pulled up at work, or constant texting in the middle of your conversation. And not only is it irritating, but screen addiction is probably doing bad things for his or her health, too. On this week's episode of "I Want to Like You," Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop consulted Dr. David Greenfield, founder and director of the Center for Internet Technology Addiction, on how you can identify a tech addict, and at what point being plugged in becomes problematic.

She also spoke to Caroline Tiger, author of How to Behave ($13, amazon.com), about how to relate to the tech addicts you come into contact with every day. If you've ever been distracted by a coworker's online shopping or gotten stuck behind someone texting in line, you need Tiger's etiquette tips. Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to subscribe to all of our podcasts on iTunes.