It’s been one full day since we kicked off our Do More With Less Screen Time Challenge. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s all about take a little more time to get things done and shut out the digital distractions. The list we started with features the following:
- No screens 2 hours before bed.
- No phone first thing in the AM.
- No news or radio first thing, either.
- Don't Read Unsolicited Email.
- Use Privacy Mode to Limit Callers.
- Set Timer For Reading Blogs (20 Min)
- Don't Answer The Phone, Let it Go To Voicemail.
- Only Read the Important Email.
- Practice the Right to Decline.
- Eat Breakfast.
- Unsubscribe from Shopping E-mails.
- Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications.
- No Snooze Button.
- No Coffee after 2 p.m.
- Take Short 10 Minute Breaks and Walk around.
I was so excited when some of you tweeted and e-mailed me a few more options to add to the list. A lot of which, I’m guilty of. Those additions will be added to next weeks challenge. Feel free to let me know in the comments below, or on twitter about any things you think we should be working on.
Today, I wanted to give you a few hints and tips to tackle your Do More With Less Screen Time Challenge. All of these tips are for right before bed, and your morning routine. Tomorrow we will focus on what you can do right when you arrive at work.
No screens 2 hours before bed & No phone first thing in the AM - The easiest way to do this, is move your phone off your nightstand. If you are like me, your phone is right by your bed charging the night away. Instead of keeping our devices in arms reach try moving it to you desk or having it charge downstairs by the coffee maker. This will keep you from grabbing right away in the morning and from picking it up in the middle of night.
No Snooze Button - This one isn’t hard for me. Once my alarm goes off, I’m awake. Most of the time I awake before the alarm gets going. For those of you who struggle with getting out of bed in morning, set your alarm and move it as far away from you bed as possible. Anything so you can’t roll over and hit snooze. If you have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm chances are you will stay out of bed. Another great way to avoid crawling back into bed and becoming a slave to the snooze button is making your bed.
No news or radio first thing in the AM & Eat Breakfast - By charging my phone and iPad downstairs in the kitchen, it made me go downstairs first thing in the am. But instead of picking up my devices I made a proper breakfast. By proper breakfast I mean more than just a granola bar. I went all out and had meal, featuring carbs, protein and plenty of caffeine. Once breakfast was served I sat, ate, and read a book.
Morning Playlist - I did turn on my morning playlist once breakfast was over. For those of you who don’t know about the powers of a good morning playlist let me tell you. A morning mix will keep you on track and aware of the time. My playlist is perfect, I have a song the lets me know I have 10 minutes to get out of the door. One that lets me know I’m going to be a few minutes late, and last but not least the song that tells me I’m late. For those of you looking to make your own morning mix. Look for songs that are about the same length of time. It makes it really easy to know where you are even if you can’t see a clock. Don’t duplicate songs or artists. If the playlist has too many things that sound the same, you might start to drown it out.
Before Walking Out The Door - I did made a point to quickly scan my e-mail. Only to see if there was anything important I needed to know or to see if I had to remember to bring anything.
For a few more tips on having an orderly morning and getting out of the door on time with less screens. Check out the 10 Step Program to Stop Running Late!
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