WELL. Day 1 of Operation 100 (my challenge now has a name!) went well.
If anyone is curious, here is how I calculate screen minute when I cannot avoid spending hours on my phone doing telehealth & attending meetings.
Yesterday: 3 hrs 33 minutes total = 213 minutes
From 213 total minutes, I then subtract:
60 minutes Zoom (attended resident EBM/JClub session while taking a walk — in beautiful weather, I might add), 51 minutes Doximity (telehealth modality #1), 51 minutes Haiku (telehealth modality #2).
213 – 60 – 51 – 51 = 51 total minutes
Now looking at the apps, it does not appear I actually spent 51 minutes on the phone, but screen time will count any time the screen is active, so I guess yesterday that added up to 51.
I did dock my phone when I got home, but did so in the kitchen, which is not out of the way. WHY the kitchen and not somewhere inaccessible?
Reason #1 – Music. I like to play music in our main room (playroom/eating room); it calms and kids AND me. Yesterday it was the Lego Builder’s Journey Game Soundtrack by Henrik Lindstrand (which I heard about on Forever 35 and it really WAS very calming and nice — plus the kids were actually playing LEGOs, so very appropriate!).
Reason #2 – Social. Mostly because I sometimes FaceTime with my sister in the evenings, and I don’t want to miss those calls. Also Josh usually texts me with his ETA. Theoretically these items would ping to my watch but the ol’ 235 isn’t always perfectly reliable. (Though on further analysis, it’s probably reliable enough.)
However, I’m an Upholder (meaning: I can get pretty stubborn and obsessive regarding personal goals . . . as I’m sure you all can glean) and I feel quite determined to bring on true habit change in this personal challenge, so having the phone in the kitchen was okay. I just didn’t pick it up!
OH, and I did two other things which were helpful:
✔︎ I wrote down in my planner (with a little arrow notation) when I checked email/blog comments. Being honest with myself and tracking it will likely help (it certainly helps me with other things!)
✔︎ I tracked my time yesterday! I’m curious to see if NOT spending that time distracted/on social media has an impact on how I use my time in other realms.
I have to say I am very motivated by the desire to change my habits. And I feel like . . . I can do this.
I didn’t floss until I was ~37, and now I floss every day.
I didn’t strength train regularly until 2018, and now it’s an integral part of my life/fitness regimen.
I think if I can really get my phone and social media use down to a very intentional minimum, it will truly enhance my life. So, worth it. I am excited that some of you are going to work on this with me.
PS: A reader shared yesterday that there was an anti-Biden ad on my site yesterday (my ads are managed through BlogHer/SheKnows, a 3rd party – I do not manually place them). I was horrified to find this out! Attempting to work on the BlogHer ad settings to prevent this NOW.