Moment is an invisible app that helps you stay conscious of how much time you’re spending on your phone. This little guide will help explain how Moment works and explain the most important parts.
It’s going to take less than 10 minutes to read this, so let’s get started.
Your most important step
There are two big in-your-face numbers inside Moment: your pickups today and your screen time today. A pickup is each separate time you unlock your phone. Screen time is how much time you’ve spent on your phone today in terms of hours and minutes. These are your focus. What gets measured gets improved.
Look at those numbers and make a step in the right direction right now. If it’s higher than you’d like, put down your phone this second.
Today is the only day you can make that change. Tomorrow won’t cut it.
How much is too much?
Moment won’t judge you. It will never call you an addict, but it will show you the truth. It will tell you exactly how much time you’re spending tapping around on your smartphone.
For most people, their initial reaction is shock. Most people underestimate their screen time by about 100%. That means you probably thought you were “around two hours a day,” but in reality, you are closer to four.
Your goal shouldn’t be to get to zero screen time. Your goal is a happy balance of real life moments with some productive screen time sprinkled in.
Why are you hooked on your phone?
There are a number of reasons why you spend so much time on your phone. Bad habits, boredom, and communication are common.
In the case of some apps—social media apps in particular—you are hooked by design. These apps are designed to grab and keep your attention for as long as possible. There are 1,000 designers on the other side of that app whose job depends on capturing your eyeballs.
How to fix your bad habits
First step: be honest with what you’re really doing on your phone. Is it attached to your hip in case of an emergency or are you bringing it everywhere to have an instant source of entertainment and hit of dopamine whenever you crave it?
After that, dive into some of the features Moment has to help you retrain your brain and learn more productive habits:
Goals are a way to positively encourage yourself to reduce your screen time. Set a goal and Moment will keep you conscious of how much time you’ve logged so far with a subtle notification. Tip: Don’t set these too low right off the bat. Make it achievable and gradually decrease it. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
These are not the traditional “limits” you see in other apps: Moment will not force you to put down your phone. It turns out that hard limits really don’t work.
Phone Bootcamp is a two-week course that forces you to rethink some of your deepest, darkest habits around using your phone. There’s one small exercise each day. The average person finishing the Bootcamp cuts down on their daily screen time by a whopping one hour and two minutes. Over a year, that translates to 377 hours.
Screen-Free Time sets certain times of the day to be phone-free. Focus on your creative project or be completely present at your dinner with friends.
Insights dig deep into how your screen time and app usage change over time. Compare your stats to your past self or other people using Moment.
Now, stop reading and put your phone down
Creating good habits around your smartphone use is very difficult. Everyone has a hard time with it. It’s gonna be tough at first, but after you get over that initial hump, you’re going to feel like a superhero whose power is putting down their phone. It doesn’t sound like much, but that’s a rare power these days. Everyone gets better.
Okay, now really… Put down your phone and get back to your life! 😉