7 Ways to Reduce Your Screen Time as an Entrepreneur

Many jobs today are heavy on screen time with people working eight or more hours in front of a computer. That can be a real problem. Spending so much time looking at a screen can cause headaches, eye problems, and it can make you less effective at your job.

You aren’t helpless when it comes to reducing your screen time, even if you’re an entrepreneur and the time you spend in front of a screen seems never-ending. There are things you can do to spend less time in front of your computer to protect your eyes, your productivity, and your sanity.

Take Advantage of the Cloud

An unlikely, but very powerful, strategy for spending less time on the computer is to take advantage of the cloud. Cloud replatforming, which includes taking current applications and migrating them to a new platform in the cloud, enables you to complete a wide range of tasks more quickly and efficiently.

The cloud enables you to scale your operations, meet regulatory requirements for cyber security, leverage advanced services, like machine learning and AI, and keep up with technological advancements.

In short, it helps make your operations more efficient, and the more efficient your operations, the less time you have to spend on the computer.

Delegate Screen-Heavy Tasks

If you find that you’re spending more time in front of your computer than you would like, consider delegating some tasks. It’s even better if you can find tasks that keep you from working on the things you really want to work on. By handing tasks to others, you can free up some of your time and get away from the computer.

A few tasks you should consider delegating to others include:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • Administrative tasks
  • Data entry
  • IT support
  • Website design
  • Writing, like website and blog writing

You might delegate tasks to another member of your team, but you may also want to consider hiring another person to take over an important task.

That doesn’t mean you have to hire a full-time person for the job, though. Not only can you hire a freelancer part-time, you can hire the best person at the perfect price if it’s an online task because you can hire anyone in the world.

Automate Everything You Can

You may not have the budget or the ability to delegate all the tasks that you would like to other people. That doesn’t mean you’re stuck staring at a computer screen because you have to do it all on your own. There are many tasks that can be automated.

Some simple work tasks to automate that can save you time, and in turn, help you reduce your screen time include:

  • Sorting and responding to emails
  • Set up a Google Alert for specific topics in the news
  • Use AI to schedule your meetings automatically
  • Automatically schedule social media posts

Turn Off Notifications

Automatic notifications can suck up a lot of your time. They pull your attention away from whatever you’re doing and force you to look at a screen, and most of the time, the message that’s popping up on your screen isn’t important.

Turn off automatic notifications for email and other messages. Instead, block off time to check messages into your day. When you set aside time to tackle your messages, you’ll find it takes less time, and less time checking your messages means less time staring at a screen.

Have a handful of people who send you time-sensitive messages? Set it up so that you’re notified when they message you—and no one else. That way your phone or computer isn’t dinging every time you receive an unimportant email.

Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries in life is an important skill that is worth cultivating. It’s important to set boundaries with people, but it’s also important to set boundaries with technology that is increasingly taking up more and more of our time.

When it comes to screen time, the solution is relatively simple. All you have to do is set a screen time limit for 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or any amount of time that works for you.

You don’t necessarily have to stop working as soon as the timer goes off. It just serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take a break. Finish what you’re working on, then step away from your computer.

Just make sure your break doesn’t involve another screen! Take a short walk, read a book, or speak to a coworker instead of scrolling social media or checking your email. 

Go Back to a Pencil and Paper

A lot of our everyday tasks have moved to the computer, but they can still be done off the computer too! Instead of maintaining a digital calendar, go back to writing in a planner. Brainstorm new ideas in a notebook or try writing out an important message or an article before typing it up.

Not only does writing by hand get you away from your computer screen, it comes with an amazing array of benefits that include better cognitive engagement, increased creativity, enhanced memory retention, and more.

Pick a Hobby That Doesn’t Involve a Screen

Spending hours on the computer at work is difficult. It’s even more difficult if you’re also spending hours staring at a screen outside of work. Do your eyes, your focus, and your productivity a favor by choosing a hobby outside of work that gets you away from screens.

That means skipping the movies and video games. Instead, try a hobby that doesn’t involve a screen like:

  • Joining an intramural sports team
  • Gardening outdoors or potting plants indoors
  • Cooking and baking
  • Reading
  • Doing Puzzles
  • Doing papercrafts, like scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Painting or drawing

Just because you’re an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your days (and much of your nights) in front of a screen. There are little things you can do here and there to spend less time on your computer without sacrificing the operation of your business.