There aren’t many for-managers business books that I respect, but I loved Michael Bungay Stainer’s The Coaching Habit. He gives great advice, and in a recent email he offered some for how to be the boss of your phone—something that desperately wants your attention during lunch. Here’s what he says:
My phone had started to wield the same power as Frodo’s One Ring of Power. I’m not sure if that means Apple = Sauron, but I do know I kept finding the phone in my hand, with no real understanding of how it got there. Reading Make Time proved to be a catalyst for change. It made me completely redesign my phone. Not just tinker with it, but strip it down completely.
The two big moves I made:
1) I removed email, all browsers, and every social media site except Instagram. That means that now when I pick up the phone to do something, there’s really nothing to do. I’ve removed what the authors Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky call the “infinity pools,” which had previously sucked me in.
2) I set a 10-minute-a-day limit for Instagram and for the one game (Upwords) that I have on the phone, via the Screen Time control in Settings.
What two things could you change to turn phone time into more You time?
He also provided a link to another stop-being-a-slave-to-your-phone site that will only be funny to someone with a fighter’s attitude and who swears like a sailor. If you email me, I’ll share it. (I won’t tell anyone.)