A shoutout to Kevin Holesh, creator of Moment
, an app that tracks how much time you spend looking at your phone each day. I started using it a couple of months ago, and was shocked. Two hours per day was not uncommon, and sometimes (far) more. I’m happy to say that after using it for several weeks, I was able to cut my screen time dramatically, and now average about 20-30 minutes per day. It wasn’t easy, and I feel like I’ve kicked an addiction. I wrote a related blog post (below) and have also been reading a lot about how boredom allows us to think more clearly and creatively (article from Wired
below). I’ve found that by limiting my small-screen time, I’ve been able to ditch the phone on short walks and at meals, I pay closer attention in meetings (or I allow myself to be bored in some meetings), and as a result I feel like I’m getting a lot more done. I highly recommend it.
Here are the links: