Go from smartphone to stupid phone and you become smart

Be honest with yourself.

Go check right now your screentime.

What is it?

Worldwide, the average person spends a total of 6 hours and 55 minutes looking at a screen each day (for internet-connected activities). And the majority of this (3 hours and 16 minutes) is spent on mobiles. This includes 2 hours 25 minutes scrolling through social media channels.

Source: Comparitech Source: DataReportal
Average Mobile Screen Time by Country

Anyway – let’s get back to you.

Be honest, how much time of your – let’s say 3-4-5h? – you spend for nothing? Just scrolling on social media.

For things that are literally wasting your time on this beautiful earth.

For me, it was 5h. Until I decided to go ‘stupid’.

I remove my smartphone and bought a simple Nokia, like this one:

Nokia 3310 does the job.

I removed the SIM cards from my iPhone, put them in the Nokia.

I keep the smartphone only for a few apps to stay in touch with some people. (Whatsapp, Telegram, the dua App for testing, etc.)

All other apps are deleted.

The smartphone works only with WiFi.

So whenever I’m not in the office, which is about most of the time, because I do home office and on weekends I’m anyway not in the office, then I don’t see or touch my smartphone at all.

Rule: Smartphone stays in the office and I use it only during working hours IF I am in the office (Mo-Fr, 09-17)

  • My screen time was 5h daily before I did so
  • 1st week it went down to 1h daily
  • 2nd week it went down to 40min daily
  • 3rd week it went down to 21min daily
  • 4th week it went down to 15min daily. (-95%!)

This lead to a 95% reduction of my screen time.

From previously 5 hours to now 15-20 minutes a day.

The best thing that happened to me recently was that I came to the office in the morning, … and checked the phone only about 2 hours later – even that it was next to me all the time. But I just ‘forgot’ to touch it.

That showed me, I had broken this bad habit and need of checking my smartphone all the time.

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ƒ๐‘๐€๐’๐“๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐‹๐‹๐˜:
+ Responded to emails 80% faster (Email Meter)
+ Inbox 0 – which I didn’t achieve anytime before this year
+ Read 2 books, an average of 30 pages daily (didn’t “find the time” to do so before)
+ Did a pushup challenge (1’500 Pushups in 7 days) successfully which eventually started to become a habit now (day 11, still doing 200+ daily)
+ Spending every day some time (30-60min) in nature (‘Earthing’)
+ Better sleep, more energy

Before I thought I need an Executive Assistant to help me with the “huge workload”, apparently removing the smartphone was more than enough to have now a lot of free time – for work & life.

Suddenly I have time for all these things – with a super small change in my behaviour: Leaving my smartphone in the office and using a “dumb” Nokia instead.

What would you do with your new free time?

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