Smartphone has become an important accessory in everyday life. We rely on it for sending emails, accessing the internet and socializing and so on and so forth. However, very often we end up spending too much time on our smartphones, which ultimately reduces our efficiency and productivity. In such a case we are better off at least checking how much time we are spending on our Smartphones.
If you are worried about your productivity is declining due to excessive phone usage, know that you are different from others who are doing the same. Different how? You are different because you have already taken the first step to identify these issues and will probably take the necessary steps to mitigate excessive phone usage. Many people who go through the same thing, indulge so deep that they don’t even take the step to recognize the issue.
Check Your Phone Usage Behavior
I’m guessing you want an immediate solution to the problem. The first step you need to take is to identify your phone usage habits. After you know where and how you are spending your time, you can make the necessary adjustments. You can learn about your phone usage behavior by getting a third-party app that will record how much time you are spending on certain apps.
Quality Time is a fun, visually engaging and easy-to-use Android app that allows you to monitor and get real-time reports on how much time you spend on your smartphone and on your favorite apps. It offers a unique and in-depth analysis of your smartphone activities by tracking total usage, screen unlocks and individual apps with hourly, daily and weekly summary reporting options.
After you download and install the App, it will show you how much time you are spending on each of the Apps you have on your phone. Also, you will learn at what frequency you are using these apps. Moreover, you will also learn how many times a day you unlock your phone.
Check Your Kid’s Phone Usage Behavior
If you are a Parent, you must be equally worried about how much time your kids are spending on their phones. Maybe they are spending time on social media or playing games way beyond their bedtimes. That’s not a good thing. And that’s not good parenting from your side.
What you can do is, use third-party apps to limit the amount of time your kids can spend on their phones. This eliminates the need for you to keep checking on them and having to be rude if they won’t listen to you. One such App, FamilyTime, can lock your kid’s phone once the clock crosses a certain hour on the clock. For example, if you want your kids to go to bed in time, you can set a time on their phone, whenever that time kicks in, their phones will be locked.
Download and Install the App FamilyTime. After the installation is complete launch the App.
You can create individual profiles for your kids. Select the profile you want to monitor and hit the Settings button.
You will find the Schedule Screen Time under the Family Care Section.
Tap on the Plus Icon to create a new rule for your kid. You will see three predefined rules- Dinner Time, Homework Time, or Bed Time.
Start off by defining a name for the rule. Then go ahead and specify a beginning and ending time. You can make this rule repeat by specifying the days for which you want the rule to be applicable. With the FamilyTime App, you can specify as many rules as you like for each of your kid’s profile.
That should be it. As soon as the rule time starts, the App will lock your children’s phone. The phone will only come active once the Rule time has ended. The App will follow the rules without any approval from your side once you have specified the rule.
If you want to get more done with the Family Time App, know that it comes with other functionalities as well. You can set daily screen time limits on specific apps on your child’s Android devices. Once the limit gets used up, they won’t be able to use the apps for the rest of the day. Also, you can monitor your kid’s location in real time and be notified when they enter or leave areas that you have marked on the family map.
Moreover, if you want to keep an eye on how much time you are spending on Social Media Apps such as Facebook or Instagram, you can do it from within the Apps itself. To check how much time you are spending on Instagram, navigate to the Your Activity section.
To check how much time you are spending on Facebook, head over to Your Time on the Facebook section.