One more episode.
A little scrolling after a long day at work.
A quick check of my calendar and while I’m at it… I should get to those emails.
The draw of my phone is a constant battle for my attention. A productivity device, reminding me of all the boxes I need to check before the day is done. My map to get to work. My Bible. My camera. My connection to the world. A refuge I turn to when I feel the need to escape, to relax, or to just kill a few minutes.
Then 2020 happened. And with it came an influx of new information. Information vital to helping us make informed decisions. Do we send our kids back to school or not? How do we safely buy groceries? How can we contribute to positive change in our country? Slowly, over the course of the year, my phone usage has dramatically increased, to a number I feel embarrassed to admit. Under the pretense of staying informed, of course. 😉
But if you’re anything like me, you assumed these newsworthy topics would have an end date. Yet, Covid is still here. Political unrest lingers. And my news outlet is still filled to the brim with talk of the election. And the mental fatigue has grown. If I can be honest, what started out as hours of reading articles, listening to experts, and research, has morphed into mindless scrolling, deep-diving the decisions and opinions of those I love and follow, as well as a good Netflix-binge here and there. I don’t know about you, friend, but at the end of the day, I just feel exhausted. Not refreshed.
- Are you pulled to check your phone every time you hear that ding?
- Is the constant information leaving you feeling exhausted and drained?
- Are your real-life relationships in need of refreshment?
- Have you ever thought, “I wish I used my phone less.”?
We don’t have to be tethered to our phones, even if the world tells us we should be. Our phones can be used as a tool that fits into spaces of our lives that we intentionally carve out.
Want some motivation to help you finally make the change you’re longing for?
CHECK YOUR USAGE
I know you don’t want to, and when you do, the number you see might make you squirm like it made me. But you can’t make a plan to conquer your phone usage until you actually know how much time you’re spending on your phone. Instead of feeling shame, let this number be the fuel to your fire, motivating you to make a real change toward detoxing from your phone.
Not sure how to do this? Here’s how to find your stats on an iPhone or Android.
DETOX FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
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