Happy Friday, everyone! Today we are talking about limiting screen time! I am both excited and nervous about today’s post because this is definitely an area of struggle for me. Like so many other people, I spend way too much time on my phone. Does this situation seem familiar to you? When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you do is check your phone. Throughout the day, you take “mini breaks” as you call them by checking social media. Only those five minutes quickly turn into thirty. At home, you watch a few Youtube videos instead of tackling chores or projects that need to be done. Then, you hit social media before going to bed.
I don’t know about you, but just reading about that kind of day makes me feel frazzled and tired. I don’t want my days to look like that anymore. So, in order to simplify, I am implementing four basic cell phone rules. (How simplifying your technology can simplify your life is explained beautifully in this interview).
This post may seem out of place for my Simplify Your Life series (My other posts are on slow eating and planning). But, my whole reason for simplifying is to make more room for God and rest in my life. To do so, I need to cut down and cut out some activities, and these cell phone rules are going to help me do that!
1. No Cell Phone before Completing Morning Routine.
This is a biggie for me. I am super prone to just laying in bed and watching Youtube videos (mainly planner videos!) instead of getting up and working out and having my quiet time. This is actually what I do most mornings because I am tired and coffee is far away (Isn’t that just such a first world problem?). So, this is my number one rule!! I will not get on my phone until I am ready to walk out the door and head to work.
Except when I am riding the stationary bike. I need a distraction when I am riding that bike; exercise is not fun.
How will this simplify things? you may be wondering. Simple. I won’t be stressed about needing to work out and have my quiet time later in the day, and I won’t be almost running late for work every day.
2. No Cell Phone after Nine P.M.
This rule is similar to the last one. I stay up late watching more planner videos, so I need a hard and fast time that I put. the. phone. down. (Are you seeing a pattern? I love planner videos! It’s an addiction, and I’m really not sorry.) Hopefully putting the phone down will allow me to get a little more sleep. Who doesn’t want that?
This doesn’t technically simplify my life, but extra sleep doesn’t hurt anyone. Also I will hopefully use this extra hour from limiting screen time to implement a good evening routine, which I will write about next week, that will help simplify my days.
3. Only One Hour of Phone Screen Time
This includes Internet and social media browsing, YouTube, playing games, and other time suckers that a cell phone provides. I specified this rule to my phone because all of my current jobs are based online! So I have to be on my computer throughout the day. But, I really use the computer for work only. For whatever reason, if I am slacking off, I feel the need to do so on my phone. So, I am limiting screen time by giving myself a time limit.
Who knows what I will be able to accomplish with all of this extra time I will suddenly have!
4. Always ask the question, “Why am I getting on my phone?”
I think this will be the rule that makes the most difference in how I use my cell phone because it will force me to be intentional. Oftentimes I know I get on my phone because I don’t want to work or because I don’t want to deal with a situation or emotion I am feeling. So, this is a question I need to ask myself and then respond to the answer accordingly. Maybe I need to journal or break down a project into more manageable steps instead. Either way, I will be working on finding better solutions than playing a phone game or scrolling through Facebook.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I would love to hear whether or not you struggle with spending too much time on your phone and how you deal with that. Drop a comment down below!