New Year’s resolution: reduce your screen time and let your Apple Watch do more

It can be tough to break the habit of excessive screen time, but reducing your reliance on your iPhone and using your Apple Watch more can be a great way to take control of your time, and stop wasting hours on social media or playing games. In this article, we’ll give you some helpful tips to get started on this journey.

  • Set screen time limits: One of the easiest ways to reduce your screen time is to set limits on specific apps or categories of apps. Go to “Settings” > “Screen Time” and tap “App Limits.” From there, you can set daily limits for different apps or categories, such as social media or games. When you reach your limit, your phone will block you from using those apps until the next day.
  • Turn on “Downtime”: “Downtime” is a feature that blocks all non-essential apps during a set period of time, such as at night or during work hours. To turn it on, go to “Settings” > “Screen Time” > “Downtime” and set a schedule. You can also customize which apps are allowed during Downtime.
  • Use your Apple Watch: The Apple Watch is a great way to stay connected without constantly checking your phone. You can receive notifications, make phone calls, and even use apps on your watch. Use your watch as much as possible to reduce the amount of time you spend on your phone.
  • Create phone-free zones: Designate certain areas as phone-free zones, such as the dinner table or your bedroom. This will help you disconnect from your phone and be more present in the moment.
  • Find alternative activities: Instead of reaching for your phone when you’re bored, try finding other activities to fill your time. Go for a walk, read a book, or call a friend. The more you can find to do outside of your phone, the less time you’ll spend on it.

Reducing your screen time and relying more on your Apple Watch can be challenging, but it’s worth it for the benefits it can bring. By setting limits, using your watch, creating phone-free zones, and finding alternative activities, you can break the habit of constantly checking your phone and make the most of your time.