Intentional Time Wasting

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:

  • Read a book. Um. Hello, Kindle app on my phone! Right now I’m reading The Happiness Hypothesis.
  • Write. Maybe you are’t into blogging. But, what about journaling on your phone? Take the time to jot down ideas or write about your family.
  • Meal plan. Stuck in a mealtime rut? Pinterest some fresh dinner ideas!
  • Vacation plans. Maybe you are planning a vacation or maybe you are looking for spots to put on your vacation bucket list.
  • Develop goals. Take time to really write out where you’d like to see yourself in six months, 12 months, 5 years.
  • Organize your schedule. Ok. So I actually prefer to write down my schedule in a planner, which I do. But, it’s also helpful to my husband that we share a Google calendar so he can quickly look at my schedule and vice versa.
  • Learn something new! There are so many online courses you can take. Right now I’m taking a couple courses on Yoga via Udemy. There is a corresponding app you can download on your phone so you can watch the courses anytime.
  • Edit photos. I have a bit of the photo bug. I love taking pictures, especially of landscapes. Regardless if you are just snapping photos around the house or taking gorgeous landscapes, most photos can be tweaked a bit. I use Adobe Lightroom CC. There is a free version on the phone that gets you the basics.
  • Make a new playlist. I sub yoga classes from time to time and I’m always irritated I don’t have new playlists. Guess what is going to get done this week.

Ok. Share with me in the comments what “productive” time wasting activities you like to get done on your phone.

I don’t have a good photo for this post. So here is a picture of my sweet girl in the snow.

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