How many times did you check your phone today? Do you know? How much time did you spend looking at your email? Checking your social media accounts?
For a long time now, I've had a gut feeling that I waste too much time on my phone. This week, I finally decided that enough was enough.
So I enlisted some help: I downloaded this app called "Moments" which tracks my screen time and how many times I pick up my phone throughout the day.
Needless to say, I was appalled at just how much time I spend on my phone on a weekly basis. Even crazier is that the app told me I fall right in the middle of the average American's phone usage: some people are spending upwards of 6 hours a day on their phones!
The basis of this blog post is not about how we need to spend less time on our phones (even though I do).
The point is: until you get honest about your situation, you'll never be able to do anything about it.
Think about it: ever notice how the person who really struggles with their finances doesn't use a budget or have a financial advisor who helps them map out where their money is going?
"We can't manage what we don't measure." - John W. Wright, Sr.
Avoiding the reality of your situation is a lot like floating out on a lake: you will never end up drifting to where you want to go.
If you want to get in better shape, start by taking an honest look at what you're eating and how much physical activity you're getting.
Have really big dreams? Want that promotion? A good place to start might be keeping a time log for a week to see if you're walking the talk.
Want to be more engaged at home with your spouse or kids? Maybe it's time to get honest about how much of your time they are actually getting.
If you want to get better, it's time to get real. It's impossible to get started when you don't know what you're up against.