Tip Tuesday: Track Your Tech Use

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Yesterday, I shared about how creating a personal technology mission statement can be a powerful way to jump start your journey in becoming more intentional with your technology use.  You’ve probably heard that you can’t change what you can’t measure.  Today’s tip will help you accomplish Step 1 in the mission statement process by tracking your daily tech use in less than 5 minutes.  

Because I’m a busy mom, I use my phone a ton do accomplish many different tasks each day.  In many ways, like you, my phone helps me to be more productive and efficient… but as we both know, it can be a huge time suck at times, as well.  But, I don’t normally have/take the time to ponder over all the various ways I use my phone or track time spent on each app.  Luckily, there’s a feature on my iPhone that will do this for me!  It takes less than a minute but is well worth the effort.

How To Track Your iPhone Daily/Weekly Use:

  1. Click on Settings.
  2. From menu options, select Battery.
  3. Scroll down to the area titled Battery Usage, and click on the small clock icon to the right of Last 24 Hours.  This will show a breakdown, in order of most use, of your apps and how much time you spent on each during the past 24-hour period.
  4. Select the Last 7 Days option to see a breakdown of your activity during that time period.

Since discovering this feature several months ago, I have a better idea of which apps I use most frequently (typically Safari, Instagram, Messages, and Mail top the list) and can gauge when I need to do a better job limiting social media, etc.

Similarly, you can also track your computer activity using your choice of free software.  This is especially helpful for those of us who do much of our job behind a computer screen.  Here’s a great guide to several free online time trackers.

Once you view your phone and computer activity reports, take a few minutes to ponder some of the prompts and questions in Step 1 of the mission statement guide.  This will hopefully be super helpful in identifying your strengths in the ways you spend your on-screen time, as well as any potential changes you want to make going forward.

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