If you’re stuck in your career and feel like you’re not making any progress on new career ideas, it's probably time to take a look at your tech habits.

Recently, I read an article in Experience Life magazine called How to Break Free of Tech Addiction by Mo Perry who says that smartphones are our generation’s cigarettes.

At first, I didn’t buy it. It seemed a little extreme. Short of texting and driving, how could smartphones be that bad? Well, Perry argues that our smartphone addictions are that bad because of what it does to our brains.

If your brain is constantly on and active, that means it doesn’t have the rest and space it needs to generate the creative insights, ideas, and strategic plans you need to move yourself forward in life.

Not just that, but these habits also rob us of crucial time we could be using to make progress on our goals. According to this 2014 New York Times article, Facebook users spend 39,757 collective years on Facebook every single day.

Reading this, I couldn’t help thinking, “But really, I’m sure I give my brain plenty of time to think. It’s not like I spend entire days on my phone, right?”

I decided to do an experiment to check my habits. I downloaded an app called Moment that tracks how much time users spend on their phones each day.  

It’s not a perfect app. For example, it counts things like having your map apps open as you navigate, which isn’t really the same as spending time on social media. Still, it’s a great way to get a general idea of how much time you’re spending on your phone each day.

After first few days, Moment told me I was averaging around about 2-2.5 hours a day. I felt pretty good since I was below average. According to Perry’s article, the average person spends around 3 hours each day engaging on a smartphone.

Well. Then, I got my weekly total. My not-so-bad 2-2.5 hours per a day translated to about 17 hours a week.

17 hours!

I often ask my clients to envision what they could do with an extra ten hours per day. It helps them visualize their goals. Yet here I was, clocking 17 hours a week on social media!

What else could I be doing with that time?

What else could you be doing with that time?

Think about it. If you’re closer to the average, spending 3-4 hours each day on your phone, that’s 21-28 hours a week...an entire part-time job!

Here’s a challenge for you: Download the Moment app this week. See how much time you spend scrolling your social feeds. And consider this: how could you become more protective and intentional with each hour of your day?