Instead of trying new Screen Time cutoffs or another self-control building app, I took my phone out of its case.
It’s an experiment. I look at my phone too much, and not usually to do anything that really matters to me.
If the phone feels less durable and protected, will I pull it out less frequently?
Every time I reach for the phone becomes a risk calculation:
- Is what I’m about to do important enough to risk dropping and damaging the phone?
- Is this the best time and place to do this with my phone, or should I wait?
- Am I feeling an urgent need to do this particular thing, or just an urgent need to do something?
After a week, my average pickups per day hasn’t dropped much, but average screen time per day is down over 30%.
I’ll see if this trend continues or if I get more comfortable with not using a case and taking more risks.
I’ve tried lots of fussy lifehacks and productivity tricks before. I’m learning to appreciate simple solutions.