How I Spend My Time

Some of you are aware that I use my iPhone for blogging. I have the iOS WordPress app, which I use for reading and responding to comments on my posts and for reading what other bloggers I follow have posted and for commenting on their posts .

But for writing my posts I use my iPhone’s Safari browser to log onto WordPress because it’s easier to use for composing posts than the WordPress app for iOS editor. And it gives me a real-time word counter, which comes in handy for prompts with word limits.

Why my iPhone and not my laptop? I do it because I can read, comment, and post from anywhere. My bed, my living room, the dining room, my backyard, on a bus, at the park. And, if I do say so myself, I have become quite adept at using my iPhone’s virtual keypad.

Anyway, a few days ago I downloaded iOS 12, the latest iPhone operating system, to my iPhone. I have found a few quirky things (i.e., bugs), which I’m sure (hope) will be addressed in iOS 12.1. But one of the new features on iOS 12 is something called “Screen Time.” It keeps track of how much time you spend on your iPhone and how you’re spending that time.

Out of curiosity, last night before I went to bed, I checked Screen Time. And I’ll be honest with you, what I saw shocked me.D06C4129-5193-4F1D-8ED1-01A160F5EFBE.jpegOf the 17 hours I was awake yesterday (from 6 am to 11 pm), I spent 10½ using my iPhone. And of those 10½ hours, I spent 6¾ hours blogging — either reading, commenting, responding to comments, or posting.

In other words, I spent 61% of my waking hours on my iPhone, which is just nuts. But of those 10½ hours, I spent on my iPhone, nearly two-thirds of it was spent related to blogging.

I’ve been awake so far today for 2½ hours. That time includes taking a shower, getting dressed, fixing and eating breakfast and reading the newspaper. And yet, of that 2½ hours, I spent 1½ hours on my iPhone, one hour and 20 minutes of which were spent on WordPress.

I think I need to rethink how I’m spending my time.

13 thoughts on “How I Spend My Time

  1. Renard Moreau September 20, 2018 / 10:25 am

    🙂 You should not be surprised about that Fandango, because you use your iPhone to blog and you are constantly creating content for your blog numerous times a day.

    By the way, Apple claims that apps are supposed to open up faster with the new iOS 12.

    Hopefully, Apple would work out those annoying bugs in a timely manner.

    I certainly enjoyed this blog post, my friend!

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  2. Marleen September 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Hey, there. You can use your iPhone to email your senators — I did today.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong September 20, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    I’ve been doing this a while and I’ve got the same issues.

    I’m trying REALLY hard to cut the time down to no more than 4 hours including READING other posts and commenting. No matter how much it cuts into stats, I think I’m overdoing it big time. And worse, I feel burned out and don’t think I’m doing my best work.

    This is a battle we ALL fight. When does your “hobby” take over your life and become more like an obsession? If I find an answer, I’ll pass it along to you — and everyone else. What I do know is that have have to go back to setting limits on how many post per day unless something special happens. One of the downsides of losing the daily prompt is that where there was ONE prompt, now there are a basket of them and I can’t do handle it. My wrists hurt AND I have a headache which I suspect is permanent eye-strain.

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  4. ArtisanX September 20, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    This was the first new feature I set up with ios12. I looked at it for the first time today, and I am really hoping that WordPress is productivity and not social; networking 😬. It is rather sobering when you look at the number of pickups, notifications etc. I am still wondering if it will help more than hurt. Then again, those people who can’t put their phones down will deny and make excuses for it anyway 😛. (Thats my prediction anyway,😁)

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    • Fandango September 20, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Yes, WordPress is considered to be “productivity.” And, yes, it is sobering.

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  5. Sight11 September 20, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Huh! So I’m surprised your wife is not complaining Sensei..

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    • Fandango September 20, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      She probably spends an equal amount of time on Twitter, I think. When she gives up Twitter, I’ll cut back on WordPress.

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  6. pensitivity101 September 21, 2018 / 4:10 am

    Hubby announced this morning that he was going to have an entire day without using his laptop. He’s finished his penguin, we’ve walked the dog, played our three games of darts and are about to have dinner. Oh, he’s on his laptop opposite me. Oh well, he lasted four hours!

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    • Fandango September 21, 2018 / 7:24 am

      I don’t think I could last even four hours without picking up and looking at my iPhone. Except, of course, when I am asleep.

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  7. Rafi - MRFDN September 22, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    So you are doing a mobile blogging. I think its good. I never do it for my self. I use my laptop all the time for blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 22, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      I used to use my laptop and it’s easier and quicker on a laptop, but most of the time when I read and write posts, I’m not in the same room where my laptop is, so I use my iPhone instead.


  8. leigha66 September 29, 2018 / 11:06 am

    I think an app like that would just scare me… although I am on my laptop a much bigger portion of the day. Just look at it this way… there are a lot worse things you could spend your time doing.

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