How I Cured My Mobile Addiction & Started Learning a New Skill Every Month

Renuka Gavrani
6 min readJun 23, 2022

Since you have voluntarily clicked on this blog, I believe you are addicted to your mobile too and the important part, you know you are addicted to it.

Well, these mobile phones and several applications we use in our day-to-day lives are designed after a careful analysis of human psychology so that they can create features that keep us hooked and trapped. Worst of all, we are so addicted to this mobile phone and social media that even when we know we are trapped and want to come out of it, it is becoming impossible for us as if a part of our brain is hijacked.

A month back, I was standing right where you are standing right now. After waking up, and taking bath, the first task of my day was to scroll social media with a cup of coffee for hours (till my eyes scream, ‘I am on fire’)

I happened to check my screen time a month back and shockingly it was 6 hours. I was in awe and a heart attack was on its way. You might be thinking it sounds overdramatic, right?

Well, here is the thing.

I consider myself a minimalist who wants to live a slow life that involves enjoying every second of my life, romanticizing my life each day, working on my goals, and becoming the best version of myself.

But after seeing my screen time and opening the gate of reality, I realized that although I have read 100+ self-help books and surely, I want to be successful and happy yet I am not doing my best to make my dreams come true. I am just in love with the idea of improving my life and seeing people on social media who have improved theirs just gives a boost to my mind-made castle.

Result?

I sat back, closed my eyes, and found myself horrified by my routine. I sleep almost 9 hours a day which means I was left with 15 hours in a day. Subtracting my eating time, shit time (where I take my phone), overthinking time, bathing time, and reading time, I had 10 hours in a day. And guess what? I was wasting 6 hours on social media which left me with only 4 hours in a day to work on my goals. Now, how was I supposed to work like a winner when all my mental energy is drained with the excessive use of social media and how was I supposed to find joy in my work when…

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Renuka Gavrani

Ghostwriter, open for projects. I talk about slow & Intentional living - taking you closer to your dream life. I wrote a book too, here: https://a.co/d/531JIFq