Removing my phone as a distraction has been working really well. First thing I do once I get home is put my phone in a draw in my bedroom. Every time I have done this I have had a really productive evening. The reason why it works so well is that it breaks the habit of wasting time on my phone. My brain used to be on autopilot, without any conscious thought I am picking up my phone and surfing the web or watching a video. Removing the ease with witch this habit operates, makes it possible to break. Originally the habit looked something like this: Hand in pocket, grab phone and start browsing. Now if I want to surf the web on my phone I need to get up off the couch, go into my room, open the draw, pull out my phone then start browsing. This puts a few extra steps in the way and has effectively broken the habit.
Sometimes I might forget to hide my phone away so on top of that I have added another layer of difficulty. I have deleted my youtube app and hid my browser in a folder. These seem like insubstantial changes but they do help. Now I unlock the phone and see the apps are gone and a switch goes off in my head. I think "Oh yea! The phone is supposed to be in the draw." So in it goes and I get on with the work that matters to me.
This one simple trick has saved me between 3 and 4 hours a each day. Instead of looking at the time and saying "where did my night go? Oh well, just one more video." I now see the time and think "WOW thats early, and I've already finished a blog post." Im getting work done and and reading lots of books (6 so far this year). The more work I do the more motivated I feel, witch in turn means I get more work done. I can't recommend this enough. Get rid of these unhelpful distractions and use the hours you gain working on something that gives you the feeling of accomplishment and moves your live in a positive direction.