Have you ever checked your screen time on your iPhone? On a bad day, my screen time can get up to eleven hours. Those eleven hours consist of emails, text messages, social media, googling, music, podcasts and more. We are what we consume, so it is crucial that we are filling our minds with positivity, inspiration, motivation and things that make us happy. So what are some things we can do to ensure that our screen time is intentional and rewarding?
I recommend turning your phone on “Do Not Disturb”. I know it sounds crazy, but bare with me. We’ve all been there before- one minute you’re happily checking items off your to-do list and the next you’re impulse buying something with a discount code you just received or mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed. By turning your phone on “Do Not Disturb”, you will still receive all your notifications but they will be delivered quietly. You may be concerned you’re going to miss something important but most of us sit with our phone right next to us so if you’re expecting something important, you can just check your notifications. Getting your notifications delivered quietly will not only increase your productivity but it will allow you to focus on one thing at a time.
So now that we know how to be more productive, let’s talk about how to use social media the right way. I saw a tweet recently that said “Don’t use social media less, use it more intentionally”. With how often we are on social media, it is important that we are consuming quality content. Spending our time scrolling through Instagram or Facebook looking at people we are envious of or people who are far more fortunate than us is only going to make us unappreciative of our own lives. So instead, follow people who inspire and motivate you to be a better version of yourself. Stop mindlessly scrolling and find some people that you truly admire and value for the right reasons.
Lastly, try to make little changes to add more positivity into your day. This could mean changing your lock screen or home screen to a more calming image with an inspiring quote, switching out music for a podcast, or even downloading an app that sends uplifting messages to you throughout your day. I make my own home screen images with text so I can customize what I see every time I open my phone and I have found it to be very helpful because of how personalized it is. Do what works for you!
Hopefully these tips will not only help you decrease your screen time, but make it more purposeful and help you to enhance your overall personal wellness.