In a recent Chasing Excellence podcast with Ben Bergeron, he talked about a feature on the iPhone that allows you to track app usage over the course of a day, week, month, etc. It was a really interesting concept, so as a user of the far superior Android platform (let the heckling ensue), I went searching for a similar app to measure this information. What I found was AppDetox, an Android app for measuring and limiting app usage on smart phones.
With AppDetox, you can block apps from being accessible, and also just monitor time spent on each app.
AppDetox helps you to calm down your mobile app usage, and take a digital detox. You are able to set your own rules for your apps to detox from some heavy usage and stop procrastinating, or rather stop using apps at a certain time of day.
Every time you violate one of your own rules, AppDetox will remind you to take a break and stop your heavy app usage. And not just by flashing a red stop sign in your face either. They have some ingenious little quips that remind you in a light-hearted way that you set the rule … so no soup for you!
Smartphone addiction? Really?
You might be saying to yourself. Laskey, sure, maybe you check Instagram too often, but I don’t. Well, unless you’re a social media and smartphone Luddite, I’d actually highly recommend using this app for a month. You’ll likely surprise yourself by the time that adds up over the course of a week.
Based on findings from a July 2017 Delloite study, the average American checks their smartphone 47x per day, and 81% check their phone just before going to bed. All of this can have a terrible impact not only on sleep but also on overall health.
Blue light and sleep don’t mix. Insufficient sleep and performance, also don’t mix. So how can we combine the modern use of technology, with our performance-based lifestyle? The answer isn’t cut-and-dry. However, apps like AppDetox, or the built-in iPhone features can go a long way in helping us to first recognize the issue at hand, and perhaps secondarily to take proactive steps to set rules and timelines around smartphone usage.
So here’s to less blue light before bed, more sleep-filled nights, and PR’s all day long in the gym!