I posted a few weeks ago that my word for 2019 is, “intentional”. You can read that post here. I’ve been working to find ways to incorporate this as much as possible throughout my days.
As a behavior analyst, I LOVE data! I often feel like I have no time to do things I really enjoy because I’m always bouncing between mom duties, wife duties, work duties, etc. You know how it goes. So, in an effort to try and find more time for things I like, I decided to….dun, dun, dun…. install one of those apps on your phone that track data on your application usage.
Oh boy. Turns out I have plenty of time to scroll social media. I was horrified when I looked at the cumulative data across a week. About 14 hours spent on social media. Yikes! Now, in my defense, MOST of my mindless scrolling happens when I’m nursing Adaline. I mean what else is there to do when you’re stuck under an 18 pound love bug?
Here’s the thing though. Two of the activities I constantly am wanting to do more of, reading and writing on this blog, I can do from my phone while Adaline is nursing! In fact, the last two blog posts and this one have been written across nursing sessions! I may not have found extra time in my day to set aside to do these activities, but I can be intentional about how I spend the time I already have.
Here are a few other ideas I came up with for anyone who finds themselves in the cycle of just scrolling through social media out of habit and boredom.
Without further ado, instead of scrolling social media feeds you could:
Ok. Share with me in the comments what “productive” time wasting activities you like to get done on your phone.