I recognise I spend too much time looking at my phone. Watching TV, queuing in a shop, I can’t resist taking a peak. I need to minimise phone usage.
I can go through emails fast, but once I get on Facebook … I’m caught with articles and links and before I know it 20 minutes have gone by and I’ve missed the TV programme I was watching.
Research says that on average we spend 5 hours a day on our mobile devices and whilst at times it can be helpful – checking addresses and facts, mainly it’s a distraction.
No doubt you have seen groups out in a restaurant or coffee shop, or out in nature and most, if not all are on their phones. What are we missing out on?
I’ve taken action to minimise phone usage!
- I’ve switched off all notifications except for phone, text and WhatsApp
I’m fed up of being told to do things by an app. Facebook messenger got very irritating. I have kept WhatsApp as that’s how I stay in touch with friends.
- I’ve removed Facebook from my phone
I’ve kept my account but only access it from my computer.
- Emails only appear if I click to download mail
I had thought about deleting the app, but I need to get work emails. I’m continuing to move all except client and friend emails to a different account that does not come through to my phone.
- I’ve grouped apps into folders
Now they do not appear as I look at my phone, all I see are the folders, so I have to go looking for them.
- I’ve downloaded Moment
This software monitors my phone usage and knowing that my usage will be measured has stopped me clicking as many times. Download it here https://inthemoment.io/
You can also check how many minutes you spend on each app via this process
- go to settings
- click battery
- see “battery usage”
- click the little clock icon on the right
This will allow you to see how much time you have spent on each app for the last 24 hours or 7 days.