One of the things that led to me being so burned out with my blog earlier this year was the excessive amount of time spent on my phone. With the launch of the screen time tracker on the iPhone recently I’ve been mildly shocked at the amount of time I spend staring at my phone. I average almost five hours a day… that is terrifying.
Keep reading to see what I’m doing about it.
When you start to actually pay attention to it, (if you’re anything like me) you’ll notice that you randomly pick your phone up and open (insert social media app of choice here) for no reason at all. With these realizations, I’m trying to cut the amount of time I spend on my phone.
I realize this might be a bit of an ironic post as there is a good chance you’re reading this on your phone right now (and if you are, please continue 😊) but here are thing ways I’m trying to reduce my overall screen time.
1. Put my phone out of reach during the work day: This is the when I pick my phone up for no reason most often. I can’t be trusted to not do this, so I literally have to put my phone across the room. If I have to walk to go get it, it makes me think twice about whether or not I actually need to look at my phone.
2. Utilize the Downtime feature: If you have an iPhone there is a feature called downtime where you can designate limits on certain apps. It doesn’t stop me from using them if I really want to but, again, inserting some friction to force me to think about if I really need to look at my phone is helpful in breaking the habit. I’ve turned my downtime on from 9pm-8am. That way I can (in theory) close my night out with no phone and start my day without scrolling through Instagram in bed.
3. Get outside: I go for walks with my pup every morning but now that the weather is finally cooling down in Houston it’s making it much more pleasant to be outside for longer periods of time. Hubs and I will go for walks in the evening, sit on the porch with a glass of wine, or try (usually failing) to get Cooper to play fetch in the backyard. You don’t need your phone for these things, leave it inside. You’ll be alright.
4. Be present: This makes me a bad blogger because I usually forget to take pictures or post on my Instagram story but when I’m out with people I try to leave the phone in my purse. Unless I’m pulling it out to settle a debate about what year NSYNC released their debut album (1998) I don’t need my phone to have a good time with my friends.
None of this is revolutionary advice but when you are intentional about severing the tie between you and your phone you just might feel little better living in the here and now.
I’m super curious to hear from you all- if you have a phone that tracks your screen time, what is your daily average? What do you do to live in the present rather than in the land of your favorite phone apps?