Once again I appear to be without 3 things that are actually . . . cohesive. I do have three things on my mind, however, and I’m ready to share them with you.
- The first is that I have started using an app called Moment. It tracks the time I spend on my phone and which apps I use the most. Now, plenty of things I do on my phone are useful and valuable. I check my calendar, I listen to podcasts, I use a habit app to track things I want to do daily. I use my phone to meditate and track my expenses and my time at work. I use the camera and 1SE and Spotify and Sonos and more. I also use it for Instagram and Facebook. A lot. And, while I don’t use my phone as much as the average person (at least according to studies I’ve read), I am using it for about 2 hours every day (sometimes more) and that amounts to 15% of my waking hours.
- In light of that, I have taken a tiny step back from Facebook. I’m still sharing my Instagram posts and blog posts and the stuff I’ve read on Good Reads but I’m trying to limit the time I spend looking at the news feed. I honestly believe Facebook is a great tool – it helped me immensely with my campaign last spring – and it can be lots of fun. But sometimes, oh sometimes it’s just . . . annoying and overwhelming. People complaining. People pontificating. People being unkind. Despite that, I still find myself scrolling mindlessly through the news feed. I think I read something somewhere about how it’s designed to make us do that and it can be really hard to put it down. So, I’ve taken a couple of proactive steps to reduce the time I waste on Facebook. I’ve moved the app from the main screen on my iPhone to the second screen. (out of sight, out of mind) and I’ve also eliminated it from the tabs I have open in Google. These are baby steps but they are making a difference, I think.
- I’m hoping that the time I have freed up will result in more knitting projects! Next week I’ll be sharing my (finally!) finished True Colors! I also knit a hat (as a palate cleanser) and now I’m moving on to Thea Colman’s Appleseed Mitts.
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