Sometimes the simplest ideas have the greatest impact.
Many years ago I used to wear a watch. After I got my first smart phone I decided that, because my phone could tell me the time, a watch was unnecessary.
Fast forward to a season where I use my phone to manage several of my businesses and social media is king…and addictive. I’ve known for a while that I spend too much time on my phone, but wasn’t sure how to reduce my screen time. Using my phone to run my businesses is extremely convenient, but I had to admit I found myself simply lurking on social media way too often.
Ditch the Phone
My husband recently decided to pull out his old watch and start wearing it again. He liked the idea of being able to tell time without having to check his phone. I finally realized that this idea is not only practical, but brilliant. I’m in a season with a baby where I need to know the time quite often. How long has it been since his last diaper change, feeding or nap? If I get him down for a nap now, how long before we have to get his brothers off the bus? Do I have time to go get groceries before he requires another feeding? Because of my need to know the time, guess what? I look at my phone quite often. I pick it up and hit the button to turn it on, check the time, and then because the phone is on and in my hands, I check social media for just a minute or ask Google that thing I’d been wondering about. Then, before I know it, much more than a minute has gone by.
Bring Back the Watch
I need dedicated time to work my businesses using my phone, but came to the realization that, with one simple change, I could dramatically reduce my unnecessary screen time. So I did something CRAZY. I went to Target and bought a $15 watch that also happens to be really cute. It can’t make phone calls or text. It doesn’t let me research anything or connect with anyone. But most importantly it doesn’t distract me. I want to be more present for my family, which means less presence on the internet. I no longer need to pick up my phone to check the time, instead spending it with the people who matter the most.
Are you ready to make a time change? I’d love to hear about your ideas for managing screen time.