So I'm coming clean here. Lately, I have been thinking about the amount of time I spend looking at my phone. This is during the day as I have been able to put my phone down at a reasonable hour at night. I'm not just thinking about the amount of time though but the patterns of behavior I have fallen into. The loop that I get into to check my email, fb, instagram and other APPS. I have realized that either I am addicted to this device or am using it as a distraction. I don't think I have an addictive personality as I don't use other vices so I'm thinking of it more as a distraction. Another Yoga Health Coach recommended listening to an interview with Brian Solis on Yogahealer.com podcast (link below) which I did and it has been life changing (I have since then, purchased his book, Lifescale, How to Live a More Creative, Productive, Happy Life). I highly recommend listening to this podcast as it confirmed that my phone is a major distraction. I realize that I have been consumed by other people's lives, pictures of vacation, their children, grandchildren and other day to day happenings of other people. I'm not sure how this all happened but I suspect like any bad habit, it evolved over time. As of today, I am starting to say "no" to my phone. I don't have any real tricks or triggers yet except for using a timer. I went to the gym this morning and had an amazing 40 minute weight workout and I only looked at my phone once to turn on my music (in the past, I would have distracted myself with my "loop" of nothingness several times during my workout). I am just starting to be more conscious of when I reach for my phone and knowing that it's ok to just be or to stick to a task for a certain amount of time and then maybe reward myself with 5 minutes with my phone. I have to keep my attention to my current task and stick with it long enough for it to be completed without interruption. I'm excited by my own observations and ready to tackle this habit change. I have a feeling my productivity and creativity will benefit from this trial and in the long run, this will become a new habit. Thoughts??