August 21, 2017
Screen Time Detox : Take Back Your Life One Step at a Time
If you’ve ever been on your phone or computer, scrolled through social media, clicked on a post or link and an hour later wondered what happened and why you didn’t get anything done, you’re going to love this post.
Everyone gets distracted and mindlessly strays from the tasks at hand, but there are times when you’d rather not go down that rabbit hole, so to speak. When I’m working, doing home tasks, and/or spending time with the family and friends, I don’t want to get distracted. I want to enjoy every bit of my REAL life and I don’t want to be distracted by my screen life. If I’m working, I want to be productive and efficient.
As great as I think the Internet is, I don’t love how easy it is to get lost in an app or social media feed. I don’t want my kids to ever have to compete with someone I don’t know for my attention and I don’t like losing track of time due to mindless scrolling.
If you need a couple tips for staying focused on the task at hand and be the best you can be at the time, try out these tips for limiting your screen time. By limiting your screen time, you’ll be organizing your time, and ultimately you’ll be more efficient and productive. That’s a win all around!
Use this as a detox session for limiting your screen time:
Keep your to-do list on paper. I find that keeping as much as I possibly can on paper is really helpful. I don’t have to check my phone to see what I need to do for the day. Just the simple signal of a paper to-do list is helpful to keep me on track throughout the day.
Keep your calendar on paper. I know that the Cozi app, iCal or Google Calendar are super helpful for many families – I’m not suggesting going away from that, but if you find that checking your phone is a problem, you might find that a planner or paper wall calendar are better options. We have a large wall calendar by the family phone (landline phone) – I love having this seemingly old-fashioned set up.
Turn off phone notifications. I only have notifications on email, text, and phone calls on my cell phone. Keeping any other notifications OFF eliminates any unnecessary scrolling and distractions.
Set aside specific time for checking email. I find that starting the day off with checking email is reactive instead of proactive. I get up, start the coffee, unload the dishwasher, and head to the gym. If I start the morning off with answering emails I have those emails on my mind and am instantly reacting to them instead of taking care of them at a specific set time. Try blocking out time for emailing and stick to it. You’ll focus on that task and surprise yourself with how much time you save in the long run if you aren’t repetitively checking email on and off all day long.
Limit your apps. The only social media app that I have on my iPhone is Instagram – because you kind of have to have that on a phone for it to work 😉 I don’t have any FB or messenger, Twitter, etc. on my phone. I only use my laptop for social media and I find that that distinction helps me limit my time on social media (I also have an assistant that helps me out too).
Stop checking your phone. Keep the phone in a charging station when you aren’t using it. Lock it up in the glovebox or in your purse while you’re in your car. We still have a landline so if I am using my phone it’s more for business, taking pics, texting, and Instagram. If you want to surf the web, set a specific time during the day just for that and set a timer if you have to.
Set a timer. Use a timer on your stove, clock, phone and set it for your specific task. Ten to fifteen minute increments is a great place to start. Set the timer – focus on the task at hand until the timer goes off. Repeat the process as needed and until the task is completed. While working at home I set a timer for about 60 minutes for a focused work task and then I get up and do something home-related. It might be switching out laundry, prepping dinner, or taking a break.
Figure out what works for you and use it to limit your screen time or detox it all together. I think you’ll find that you’re much more productive by NOT multi-tasking your distractions.