Life is full of distractions, but it may well be true that nothing causes us to waste so much time or encourages procrastination quite like the mobile phone. Whilst they are there to make our lives easier, automating many activities, and ensuring we have a whole host of information at our finger tips, it also means we are largely getting less done than ever before.
How many times do you check your phone each day?
What do you think? Ten times? Twenty? Fifty?
Research has shown that whatever you think it is, it’s probably more. Considerably higher. It might seem ironic, but you can actually download various apps to help you keep tabs on your mobile usage.
Perhaps you don’t see the point, but why not try it out for a day or two? Seeing how much time you are wasting scrolling through Facebook, not actually achieving anything, might help you understand why your to do list is never getting done.
This great little app tracks the amount of time you spend on your phone each day, as well as how many times you unlock it to check notifications. Although it is a paid for app, it has the added bonus of allowing you to set your own usage limits. This means that once you reach it, you will receive a notification letting you know.
This can be a great way to try and keep tabs on younger kids and therefore limiting their screen time; however, let’s not kid ourselves, it can be great for us adults too. Even we need to be reminded there’s a real-life world out there.
If you simply want a free app that will tell you the basics then Checky might be for you. Rather than setting limits on your screen time, this app will let you know how often you have unlocked your phone throughout a 24 hour period.
You can even check your “score” with other people via social media (which admittedly won’t do anything to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone). Scores already posted are in excess of 200 – which means people are checking their phones every few minutes.
We can’t help thinking that’s a level of addiction even we haven’t been able to achieve yet!
The reality is, if you find you are underestimating your usage, keeping an eye on it in this way can help you reduce the amount of time you spend online, or dithering about with your phone. Even reducing it my 10 minutes a day will save you a whopping 70 minutes a week. Imagine what you could do with that time instead, that could be more fun, beneficial or useful!
That could be an extra lie in at the weekend, or one more episode of your favourite box set on Netflix!