1 Easy Way to Find More Time in Your Day

Can an activity be both awful and amusing?

Silly and scary?

Productive and time-wasting?

What if I told you it’s an activity you do as often as looking at your smartphone?

That’s it–it’s looking at your smartphone.

Despite being a tool with the capacity to result in great productivity, smartphones also have the potential to be an enormous time-waster.

Bloggers and other content creators don’t have time to waste.

The squeeze bloggers feel when it comes to time has been a cause of concern across the blogosphere.

Recently, Hugh RobertsDebby KayeJudith Barrow, and I are among four bloggers whose blogs echo the question, “How do we find more time for all that we need to do?”

This post will answer that question with one simple solution and end with an action plan.

The Problem

Consider this comment from a reader:

Have you written a post about managing your time using Pinterest… with the influx of emails, you start to receive [regarding] Pinterest? (i.e. “Here are some pinboards to follow for your new board” or “Such-and-such is following you; you should follow them back” or “This person “liked” or “repinned” your pin” or “something else” one of your pins, etc., etc.)

Consider a comment from another reader:

I think you’ve touched a nerve because many of us are overwhelmed with email.

A recent statistic says that 80% of all smartphone users use their smartphones to access their Email and do other activities involving the Internet.

Consider this short (I know how busy you are), humorous video.

Life Smartphone is a video that uses hyperbole to comically illustrate examples of disasters that occur because so many people are on their smartphones in lieu of fulfilling their responsibilities. You certainly don’t need to understand the Chinese that begins and ends this comical video clip that has an all-too-serious theme: People paying attention to their smartphones while neglecting their responsibilities can have dire consequences.*

 

 

The bottom line is bloggers and other smartphone users are always checking their smartphones instead of doing other activities that might be more productive.

Action Plan for Having More Time in Your Day

Consider these comments from readers:

While I’d like to grow my site, I’m not a slave to it. I rarely check my iPhone when I’m out and can go for hours without being online. I feel sorry for people who seem to prefer what’s happening in the digital land over their spouses and real life. That will never be me. 1010ParkPlace

I spend a little time daily unsubscribing from emails and doing the same on my social media accounts that are not affiliated with writing, blogging, and reading. M.J. Leake

What Can We Do Instead of Paying Attention to Our Smartphones?*

Everything in moderation is an eastern philosophy. Its merit is certainly applicable here. If we deprive ourselves of smartphone use completely, it will make us want it more. If instead, smartphone users know they will still be allowed to use their phones at certain times of the day, they will be willing to agree to curb their use of the phones.

For example, on Sundays, many families have “Game Day.” Many people use their phones to play games, so the human-interaction that used to accompany board-game use is gone. Try to create tech-free times for yourself and your family. For example, by having “Game Day”, or movie night, families still have bonding time.

In addition, there are families that have tech-free hours, for example, after 8:00 pm; tech-free days, and even-tech free vacations. Bear in mind: We don’t have to use smartphones for activities that used to bond people together just because we can.

Readers, before you go schedule your tech-free days, please share, so other bloggers and content creators have more time in their day.  They will pick up the time they used to spend on their smartphones.

Readers, what did you think of the video?  Funny or all too serious?  Do you and your family ever schedule tech-free time?  I look forward to your views.

 

Originally posted here.

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Janice Wald, the author of AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BLOG, available on Amazon.com, also can be found at Goodreads. She writes about blogging in order to help bloggers by giving step-by-step directions for content creation.