Use a simple phone setting to improve your days

Why you should put a meter on your screen time.

Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on Unsplash

Who is it useful for?

How does it work?

How to best use it?

  • Now, you will have to watch every minute of usage, because there is actual work that you have to do on the phone.
  • Even if it means you don’t finish your work, don’t allot yourself more time.
  • You become more choosy with the articles you read.
  • You text less.
  • The texting you choose to do becomes more meaningful.
  • You start to call and actually talk to people more.
  • Your eyes feel less like an abused lightbulb.

How to decide what to cut?

Notifications are the siren songs of distraction.

  • Take a first look and cut down all the “junk food” equivalent of phone use.
  • Then take a look at how much time you spend on each app (or for each task) and weigh it against how much value it returns to your life.
  • Cut down on all those activities that take up a lot of time but add little value.
  • Then we need to actually feed time into the useful tasks.

How to best use the additional time gained?

  • Of course, work out more.
  • Cook more. Now that you have more time, spend some on preparing healthy food.
  • Spend time with your loved ones: Admit it, at least some of your relationships could be made better if you devoted more time for them.
  • Start a side project: Learn a new skill, or a new language. The possibilities are endless.
  • Create. There is happiness in balancing the scales between consuming and creating content. Add some blocks on the creation side.
  • Or of course, the best choice may be to just breathe and relax. Perhaps meditate, even. 15 minutes of meditation everyday keeps the doctor away (unless you’re married to a doctor, of course).

How to take it to the next level?

  • Put a time limit on your most used apps.
  • Schedule away time from your screen. This applies to both mobile and computer screens. Take this time to do a quick bit of cardio, some light stretching, and then drink some water.

Final thoughts



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