The One Thing That's Interfering With Your Goals

Ironically, you had to engage with the thing I’m talking about. But it’s not your phone on its own that’s distracting you, its the overuse of your phone. The amount of time we spend on our phones far out weighs the time we spend being productive on our phones. When we’re not using them efficiently, our phones can become the difference between getting things done and watching others get things done.

Being that our lives are fully integrated with technology, there are ways to balance how much we use our phones or at least prevent them from negatively impacting our lives.

  1. Don’t check your phone as soon as you wake up. Often, people think they have to check their phone in the morning because their work on on social media. But waiting an hour or two will positively impact you more than whatever you feel you need to check first thing in the morning.

  2. Schedule time to check your email. Try 10:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, and 8:00pm. Often when we check our emails, we find there’s nothing new to see. Unless you’re having an active email conversation, checking your email every 5 minutes defeats the purpose of notifications. When in doubt, use notifications.

  3. Set a time limit for social media use. This is incredibly difficult because the unlimited scrolling of Facebook, the black hole on Instagram, and the interactive nature of Twitter can suck up the hours of our day. As quickly as it inspires and connects, uncontrolled use of social media will be between dreaming of your goals and executing them.

  4. Use the Calling App. Its a personal goal of mine to call a loved one every day. Its not easy but I’m working on it. We have so many features on our phone that we take for granted and staying connected with friends and family by talking on the phone is so underrated. The lack of using this app to connect with friends and seek emotional support can be a contributor to not achieving your goals.