If one of your goals for this year is to decrease mindless phone/ tech use, check out this article from Techno Sapiens! She shares a bunch of great ideas for ways to cut back on your screen time.
Even though I haven’t included cutting screen time as a major goal for my year (those are still coming… I’ll try to post them all tomorrow!), I think I’m always interested in ways to keep my phone use more balanced in my life.
A few of my favorites from her list:
- Implement a “no phone while on the couch” rule (or fill in the blank for any place you are often, where you’d like to cut it out/ you tend to use it too much.)
- Choose one day a week and go totally tech free
- Periodically rearrange the location of your apps, to decrease mindless clicking
- Disable Face ID to make it more effortful to unlock your phone.
And my favorite favorite:
5. Add a Screen Time widget to your phone’s lock screen or home screen.
I didn’t know this was a thing!! I mean, I know about the Screen Time feature in iPhone, but I didn’t know there was a widget for it. I tried it out, and it’s awesome! I definitely can see how having to see the current number every time I look at my phone could help me realize if I’m really racking up the minutes that day and need to back off.
And yes, that shows I have 43 minutes of screen time already this morning. IN MY DEFENSE, I overslept and by the time I woke up, I didn’t have time for my normal morning routine, anyway. So I chose to lie in my warm bed until the kids had to get up and read some blog posts on my phone, checked a few news headlines, etc.
*Note: If you do add the Screen Time widget, there is a little delay for it to start showing data. It was 3-5 minutes for me. It will show a blank/ white square initially until I guess it refreshes and starts pulling data.
My 2023 seems off to a solid start, in terms of goals/habits. (Oh, doesn’t it always, though?? lol…)
🔷Went for a walk
🔷Ate a healthy breakfast
🔷Went to the gym and did this workout:
🔷Read 18 pages of my new work Book Club book (while the boys read their books on their new Kindles next to me 🥰):
🔷My watch cheered me on yesterday:
How have your first couple days of 2023 been going?? Are you trying to cut tech use in the new year? Have you ever tried the Screen Time widget?
I am grateful for the credit card saving feature on the iphone/ Apple wallet. I ordered a new blanket for our bed yesterday, and it’s honestly so nice to not have to go search for my wallet and type in all the numbers… I have the CVC code from our main CC memorized… 😉