Reducing daily screen time is a popular New Year’s resolution for many of us. And it’s no wonder, considering that we often spend hours on the internet each and every day, whether it be on social media, checking email, or texting and chatting with friends. Let’s be honest: many of us are downright addicted to our smart phones. Am I right?
If less screen time is a goal you wish to achieve in 2017, take a look below at 7 ways to stick to your less screen time resolution. You just might find that ditching the screen isn’t as tough as you may think.
1. Use time lock apps.
Just like some parents limit their children’s screen time with management apps, you can do the same for yourself. Why not consider installing one of these lock apps that will prevent you from hours of mindless net surfing and social media scrolling? There are many to choose from and most can be customized to suit your needs.
2. Go the old fashion route of setting a timer.
The internet can quickly turn into a rabbit hole once you start surfing. Take the old fashion route of setting a timer on your phone or clock so you know when your allotted time is up. This will help you manage your screen time better and help pull you away when time is up.
3. Explore some other hobbies.
Is there a new book you want to read? A foreign language you wish to learn? A craft you enjoy doing? Then now is the time to turn off the glowing screen and explore these new hobbies. Focus your energy on learning something new and you just might find yourself too occupied for screen time.
4. Bring on a support team.
Just like any behavior you wish to curb, it helps to have support. Let family members know you are resolving to limit your screen time and ask for their help. They can help time your screen time or even redirect you when you have been on for too long. Even just positive verbal encouragement can help.
5. Remove time-warping apps.
Remove the apps that cause you to get sucked in. Perhaps this is the Facebook app, Twitter app, Pinterest, or Instagram. Not only will you free yourself up a bunch of time, but you will free yourself up a bunch of space on your phone as well. This leaves more room for photos of your beautiful family, pets, and travels.
6. Switch to desktop.
Try to do emails and other online tasks on your desktop computer where you are less likely to get comfortable and cozy for hours of mindless screen time. This might mean deleting apps as mentioned above and moving everything to desktop. Give this switch a try and see the difference it makes!
7. Give yourself a curfew.
I know many parents who have given their children a curfew for their screens. No phone, tablets, or TV after, say, 9pm. This is a great rule for yourself, too. Make yourself a promise to turn all screens off one hour before bedtime. You might even find you get a better night’s sleep when you do this, too.
If you’re hoping to spend less time on your phone or tablet in 2017, keep these 7 tips in mind. It is possible to break those habits and actually stick to your less screen time resolution in the new year.
What tips do you have for limiting screen time? I’d love for you to share them with me in a comment below.
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