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Gauging Screen Time

We have all been found guilty of scrolling through our phones aimlessly for hours. In fact, the average person spends nearly 4 hours on their phone every day. While that may not seem like a lot of time, it equates to nearly 60 days over the course of the year. Now 60 days is a lot of time. If you had 60 days of personal time, what would you do?

Now, we know that we are on our cell phones a lot, yet we continue to do it. So here are a couple ways in which you can be more cognizant of your screen time.

Do More

We recommend getting involved if you are trying to reduce your screen time. By doing more, you don’t have the time to aimlessly scroll through your phone. By volunteering, spending time with loved ones, or working out, you dedicate time to something other than your phone.

As it turns out, you are 4x as likely to go on your phone if you’re feeling bored or understimulated. This is why you need to do more. By ensuring boredom is at an all time low, you can prevent yourself from spending all your time on your phone. Additionally, the more things you do that you like, the better you will feel.

Utilize Tools

There are many tools and applications that can be used if you are trying to reduce the time you spend on your phone. 

There are many applications that assist you in away time from your phone. Some of these apps utilize gamification. You can go on the application, pledge to be off your phone for 3 hours, and grow a virtual plant. Should you break your pledge, the plant dies. But this desire to win prevents you from going on your phone.

There are also other tools. These include timed lock boxes. You can set a timer on the lockbox and place your phone inside. WIth these, there is no way that you can get on your phone due to the physical barrier. This is a great tool for those who don’t want gamification.

Scheduling

This may be the simplest of the options, but can be very effective if utilized correctly. Now that more offices are allowing people to work from home, our devices have become increasingly accessible. WIth this comes temptation and distraction. This is why it is of the utmost importance that you build a schedule.

We all respond to schedules differently, and so finding a schedule that works for you is necessary for this strategy to work. Many individuals like to ‘reward’ themselves with phone time, while others prefer to take it away to prevent distractions. By finding your balance, a schedule can help you reduce screen time.

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