This article is targeted at non social media managers.

These days we find ourselves staring at the small screens in our hands for mighty long hours. And if you are not careful, you could easily stay on there 24/7 as you switch from one app to the other. The amount of what I shall refer to as “my screen time” has been bothering me.

Therefore, I was quite excited to install my new app…
One may ask, what is one more app? Did you really need one more app? Yes absolutely. I can vouch for this one…


I first heard of this concept in the Minimalists group. The concept is simple. Life’s not only cluttered by the hard items that surround you. It also encompasses online clutter. How much time do you spend on Facebook? How many apps do you have? Should you keep them on your phone if you don’t need them?


I have gone through the process of decluttering my online noise. I am rarely on Twitter or Instagram. So I Uninstalled the apps. Am I ever on Reddit? I like Reddit. Very many intelligent people there and one can learn so much. YouTube.. Love love… Step one down pat… Uninstall the apps that are clutter…


Step 2…Install Screen Time… This app, as the name suggests, counts how many minutes you have been online. So you set your own time limit and stick to it. When the time allocated is over, that’s it. You log off and do other stuff. Now I have allocated myself a maximum of 2 hours, one hour for the day hours and one hour for the night hours. You would be surprised how fast that goes. Typing this long post takes about 20 minutes. By the time I am done reading updates from numerous friends and commenting on them, visiting my gardening groups and my minimalism groups to see what others are up to, an hour has gone by so fast…


Step 3…log off and do something, anything. So many things to do… Clean your house, organize your closet, decide what to get rid of, drop them off at charity store, water the garden, walk the dog, read a book, watch something on Netflix, sit with your family for a few minutes, call up an old friend…


There’s so much to do offline. And yes, the app has been so helpful. In the beginning, when I downloaded the app, I wasn’t putting any limits on my online browsing. I was quite shocked to realize that I was spending between 6 and 9 hours online daily. And this is something I have done for years…


Time wasted cannot be regained. My screen app says one hour is up… Off I go to do something else. Clean out the fridge maybe? Wash the dog? Anything but online social media.. Until the next allocation…

So maybe, today, you will do yourself a favor and download an app that checks how much time you spend online? Let me know in the comments.