3.7 Once an Hour Only
Productivity hack no.36 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.
How often do you check your phone? A survey of 2,000 Americans showed that on average people check their phones every 12 minutes, which is 5 times per hour. In a 16 hour day this equates to 80 times a day. That’s 80 distractions a day.
1 in 10 admitted to checking their phone every 4 minutes. That’s 240 times a waking day! Serious problem territory there.
How long do you think each phone check takes? A couple of seconds? Minutes? You can do the maths. It’s a lot of time on nothing much at all.
62% of respondents said they’d rather go without chocolate for a week than their phones. 60% reported occasional stress when the phone was off or out of reach. 31% feel regular anxiety when it’s not available. A staggering 40% said they’d rather lose their voice for a day than be without their phone for the same period.
This is a major addiction. One that is now well understood, with Apple and others making strides to help people use their devices less. I now get regular updates on how much screen time I’ve used each week (mostly used on Goole Maps I reckon…..how did we ever survive before Google Maps? I’d be lost without it! Haha!)
If you want to reclaim time for your projects and goals then implement a rule that says you will check your phone a maximum of once per hour. Fewer times than that is fine. But make it no more than once.
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