5 Ways to Put the Phone Down.

According to a 2017 Tech Crunch article, we now spend an average of 5 hours a day on our phones...that is 5 hours that we could be having face to face conversations with our team, the checkout person at the grocery store, our families, or just ourselves. When we lack clarity, we lack motivation...those two are directly linked and we may not have the clarity we need right now for our lives or businesses, in part, because of our screen time. Here are some tools you can use to lead a more distraction free life this coming year: 1️⃣ This Medium article chronicles the author as he deletes most apps off off his phone including social media, mail and safari 😱 I have deleted certain apps off of my phone that are distracting, and completely rearranged my screens, pushing safari, mail and instagram to the very back screens. Read it here.

2️⃣ Download Moment - an app that tracks your screen time and number of times you pick up your phone (scary) and can send you alerts when you've exceeded your maximum amount of screen time. 3️⃣ Grayscale your phone (science says you don’t pick it up as much) Tim Ferriss shared this awhile back: In iOS 10, go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Color Filters. Switch Color Filters on and select Grayscale. To easily toggle between color and grayscale, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Color Filters. Now, you just press the home button three times to enable grayscale. Triple-click again to go back to color. 4️⃣ Leave your phone at home when you can, or move your home charging station to a room further from where you sleep, or create a no phone zone place when you’re at home to lay your phones down. 5️⃣ Take 5 minutes and write down some thoughts on why you post on social media, why you pick up your phone (sometimes to put off doing something else we should be doing, or thinking, or just being still for a few minutes), what it distracts you from otherwise doing, and what changes you’d like to make in 2018. Please share this post! Let’s be more intentional together as we enter the new year.