Challenges

Minimal Phone Challenge

For this week’s challenge I wanted to use my phone and social media less. I know on days when I was tied to my phone I felt so drained at the end of the day. I missed valuable time with my daughter and husband and time went by so quickly. It’s so easy to get lost in the little world our phones provide. So, this week I put a time tracker on my phone and I attempted to keep my phone use under two hours.

Overall, I suppose I did okay. From the 29th until the 4th, I was on my phone less than two hours for five days. I do remember it being a little harder than it should have. I know how good I feel on days when I don’t use my phone a lot. For some reason though, I like to scroll through my phone. It’s not a fear of missing out.

At some point I must have forgotten how to just be in the moment. I can’t just watch a TV show. I have to scroll through social media or play a game on my phone. Hanging out with my husband, while he’s playing games, instead of watching and chatting (or doing something productive) I’m on my phone also playing games. Baby napping? Let me treat myself with phone time. I don’t know why I’m like that now.

For this past week, I noticed having to stop myself from reaching towards my phone. I had to actively tell myself that there was nothing I needed to do. On one of my over two hour usage days, I was having a bad mental health day. I’m not sure if it was the phone use or if I was using my phone to cope and disconnect for a little. I do know that my mood increased at the end of the day when I just put my phone away.

I think the best part of this whole experience was realizing that there’s really not that much going on on my phone. Sure, there’s fun games, and I do enjoy interacting with social media, but if I don’t have that during the day then it’s okay. I also realized that if I’m enjoying time on my phone, then okay, waste a little bit more time.

It’s really all about moderation. If your phone is consuming your life, then you need to take a step back. Don’t forget that things are happening right in front of you too.

Let me know what you think! Are you a phone junkie or do you never use yours?
Challenge yourself and your friends to take a break from your phone use and tell me how you did!

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