How many times a day do you interact with your phone?
Statistically in the region of 2000+, resulting in over 150 mobile sessions and over 200 minutes of screen time (thats over 3hrs)
On how many occasions have you used your lack of time as an excuse not to do something?
Read that book, learn that new skill, go the gym, the list goes on …
When your waiting for the bus, train, taxi, wife to get ready, friend to show up, what is the first thing you instinctively do?
The answer – pick up your phone and open your favourite social media app, to endlessly scroll though all the things other people are doing. (statistically at least)
What should you do in these weird windows of time instead?
Use it to learn and grow. Instead of mindlessly scrolling though Facebook on your commute to work why don’t you pick up a book instead. Learn a new skill (if you are that connected to your phone download a learning app, a language app for example). Use the time to plan your day and decide on the top tasks you really need to complete to move closer to a goal. You could even go crazy and start writing on Medium.
I tried this for a couple of weeks and now I’m hooked on reading, so much so I was recently bought a Kindle. Which totally off topic is possible my most favourite toy of all time. Why? Because it does nothing but let me read, no notifications, distractions or wifi needed. It is light weight and I can have numerous books on the go at the same time. But I digress.
You will be surprised at how much you really can do in all the random windows of time that life presents. If you can spend 3hrs a day on your phone, just think in 6 months what you could achieve if you used this time more productively and with a purpose.
You could go one step further with this and actually plan tasks into this time, so any tasks you label with commute you do on the train (for example). That way you become more aware of these windows of time and are actively changing your behaviours to benefit from them instead of scrolling them away.