Would you spend that hour online, scrolling endlessly? Would you go to the gym and spend that extra time working out? Would you use it to volunteer for a charity or organization? Would you use it to talk to your mom everyday?
We all have that extra hour in our day. It’s just occupied with less than meaningful things. Whether you check your email a dozen times a day, or attend meetings you really don’t need to be in. For me, my extra hour might go to the number of times I check my phone in a given day. Today’s count: 49.*
That’s 49 times I’ve entered my pin, opened an app and took action. If each one of those steps takes several seconds, let’s say 30 minimum, that’s half of my hour gone. Assuming I only spend 30 seconds during each session. Reality is, it’s probably MUCH more than that.
If I could get my phone-checking under control, I’d use that extra hour to write longer, more in depth blog posts on days that start with T, and read an extra chapter or two in my book on days that start with S. Days that start with M, W, and F, I would spend that extra hour being grateful for the things I have, the places I’ve been, and the people I’ve experienced it all with.
*I’ve been keeping track of the number of times I check my phone using this great app called Checky. You leave it running in the background it will tally the number of times your check your phone each day. I highly recommend this if you, like me, have a habitual problem and you’re trying to curb your phone checking behaviour.