Cut Back on Screen Time

You've made it to week 9! Some of the tips we've discussed so far required finding more time in your day in order to get more sleep, meditate, make breakfast, or spend time outdoors. This week we are going to talk about something that will help you free up some (or a lot) of your time, screen time!

Yes, I'm talking about the wasted time many of us spend on social media platforms or watching TV, doing nothing to help us improve our lives. Sometimes social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) can be used for motivation and accountability but, more often than not, this is not what we use them for. While entertaining, screens will not help you reach your goals or start new hobbies and they do not add any extra value to your life nor do they improve your health. 

Since before the birth of our first child, this is something that has become especially important in my house. We don't want our son to grow up watching his parents stuff their faces with screens, especially if the screens are not benefiting our lives in any way, which in most cases, they aren't. We never want to find ourselves so engulfed in whatever we are paying attention to on our phones, tablets, or televisions, that we don't give the attention that is needed to our child or spouse. This is something easy to witness in today's world and I think we should start to change that. 

Week 9 - Cut Back on Screen Time

Why?

  • Create more time to start a new hobby. We just got a slackline, I will become a balancing queen! Is there something new you want to try?
  • Create more time to work on goals. I really want to press into a handstand. This is going to require more strength and flexibility, something I am not going to achieve by scrolling Facebook. What goal are you working on?
  • Get more sleep.
  • Save your vision.
  • Have time to meditate.
  • Have time to learn a new language.
  • Get to know the people around you better. Get to actually know them, not just know what they post on the internet.
  • Don't like people? Get to know nature better.
  • Get more quality out of the time to you spend with people (the ones you like anyway).

How?

If you are like me and your phone is within arms reach, you are more likely to open it up and give it a scroll so...

  • While you are at home, put your phone or tablet somewhere that would require you to get up to get it. Your best bet is to put it in another room. If you need to answer any incoming calls or texts, leave the volume on and up.
  • If you are out and you don't need your phone, leave it at home or leave it in your car. If you need your phone for calls or texts for work, emergencies or to meet up with people, leave it in your purse or pocket with the volume up. 
  • A great time to practice putting the screens away, dinner time! If you are going out to eat or out to meet people for a social hour, leave your phone in the car or play the game where everyone puts their phone in the middle of the table and the first person to pick their phone up before the meal or gathering ends has to buy everyone a drink.
  • Don't turn your TV on. But, what about all those shows I love? I'm sure you can survive without. Pick one or two (three if you must) to keep up with and drop the rest. 
  • Social media can be a great form of entertainment and I don't want to deprive you of that. It can also be a good way to keep up with people you don't get to see too often. Allow yourself 30 minutes a day, a little longer if you must, to do all the scrolling your heart desires. Pick a time in the morning or evening, or split time between the two and social media your heart out. After that, give it a break for the rest of the day.

Like everything else talked about on the blog, cutting back on screen time will take practice. The more time you spend on social media or watching TV the harder it will be, but I know you can do it! Let me know what you will do instead in the comments section below and I'll be back next week!

Dianne

 


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