App Recommendation: Moment for iPhone/iPad

by | Jun 2, 2016 | Technology

Takeaway: Moment, for the iPhone/iPad, tracks how long you use your devices throughout the day, and alerts you when you use them too much. I highly recommend it.

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MomentYou probably spend more time on your phone than you realize. At least, I did.

A couple months back, I downloaded an app called Moment, which is available for the iPhone and iPad. The app tracks two things during the day:

  1. 1. How many minutes you spend on your phone
  2. 2. How many times you turn on your phone

Throughout the day, the app will let you know how much time you spend on your device, and warn you as you approach your self-imposed limit, so you can use your devices more deliberately. It’s that simple—and the app is free.

According to Apple, the average iPhone user unlocks their iPhone 80 times a day. Assuming you’re awake for 16 hours, that averages out to picking up your phone five times every hour. And that’s the average.

On Android, both RescueTime and QualityTime are highly recommended alternatives.

My phone usage on a heavy travel week. You may spend more time on your phone than you realize!

My phone usage on a heavy travel week. You may spend more time on your phone than you realize!

Technology has this odd tendency to both speed up our life, and seep into our life so deeply that we don’t realize we’re spending valuable time and attention on it. After running this app for a couple of months, I was pretty surprised by just how much time I spent on my phone—the screenshot to the right is one I took the other day.

If you’re looking to use your devices more deliberately and intentionally, I’ve found this app invaluable so far. The app helps keep me accountable to how much time I spend on my phone. I highly recommend it.

Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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