4 Simple Steps to Redeem Your Time
The little black box known as your phone seems to be interrupting every inch of our life.
We have justified our usage and addiction but consider the following.
Here are a few questions for reflection:
- Is your phone the first thing you look at in the morning?
- How often do you go to the bathroom just to get a few moments alone and scroll on the phone?
- What do you grab after meaningful intimacy, romance, connection, and sex with your spouse?
- Do you find yourself wanting to check your phone when you are with your family?
- Are you able to have lunch with a friend and turn the phone off?
The phone has become one of the most disrupting areas of our life.
We have traded discipline in for regular dopamine hits.
Studies show that we touch our phones 2,617 and the top 10% of the people in this study touch their phones 5,400 times a day.
After a couple of coaching conversations and my own personal conviction I created this image to put as the screen saver on my phone.
Who am I becoming by opening my phone right now?
In short, I have become anxious, less aware, and avoidant of life by using my phone unnecessarily throughout the day.
Jordan Raynor has an outstanding book out about Redeeming Your Time that could help you. Dive into hearing more about Jordan in our conversation on the Champion Hope Podcast we had about marriage, leadership, and faith.
I am convinced that we are living in dark times and that we need wholehearted men and women to advance the Kingdom. However, it is difficult to play offense when you are living in a lower story of boredom and a dopamine rush.
4 Technology Hacks and Habits to Experiment with today.
Here is who I am choosing to become by implementing a few technology hacks and habits.
I will become a person that is present, engaged, and aware of what I am feeling prior to opening my phone.
I will only use email on the desktop.
I will only use LinkedIn and Facebook on the desktop.
I will continue to remove apps that cause a rush of dopamine or anxiety. For example, I deleted the Realtor app because for some reason I need to shop for a house even though we are not in the market for a house.
So friends, who are you becoming in relationship to your phone?
Is it time to course-correct and take radical action?