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Jan 18, 2024

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The Jomo Guide to Reduce Screen Time Effortlessly

The Jomo Guide to Reduce Screen Time Effortlessly

Tired of being glued to your screen? Dive into our JOMO (Joy of Missing Out) guide and learn how to reduce screen time effortlessly. Boost your focus, productivity, and bid adieu to phone addiction.

On the road to JOMO mode! 🏁 You've made a crucial choice: to cut down on your screen time! Did you think this task was impossible? Here's some encouraging news: it's definitely achievable!

Think of your brain as a powerful muscle. Neglecting it for some time doesn't render it ineffective. With just a bit of effort, a few smart strategies, and strong motivation, you can change this. It's time to take back control, and this time, for good!

In this article, we have compiled and addressed the questions you've frequently asked us. This allows us to share the information with as many people as possible. If you have additional questions you'd like us to answer, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]. It's not out of the question that we may create a second article based on your feedbacks!

Let’s get started!

☑️ How Do I Stick to My Restrictions?

Don't view rules merely as constraints. Thinking of app limits or session controls as obstacles make them less effective. Jomo is not an enemy; it's a valuable ally designed to help you make the most of your time.

"Jomo is your ally, not your enemy"

Start by identifying a concrete motivation. That way, you're not merely imposing limits on your apps; you're striving towards a meaningful goal, something truly significant for you.

🚫 How Can I Restrict Myself So I Don't Bypass My Rules?

When people get frustrated with their screen time rules, they often look for stricter and stricter restrictions. But, in most cases, it's pointless and dangerous. Be more strategic:

  • Focus on being more intentional with your phone vs. going on a detox. It's all about finding the right balance between the benefits and the frustrations so you can maintain the change. A great way to do this on Jomo is to toggle on the "Breaks" option on your blocking sessions so you can take short, mindful breaks when you need to.

"Don't be strict, be smart."

  • Identify activities that don't involve screens. Take time to list 10 activities that you can think of. Whenever you're tempted to reach for your phone, engage in one of these instead.

  • Commit to change. If you're not sincerely willing to change, nothing will be effective. It's like buying cigarettes and spending time with smokers while trying to quit smoking. It doesn't make sense. Make sure you equip yourself with the right tools and believe in yourself!

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

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Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

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💜

🔒

⌨️

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🌿

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Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

🤔 What's Best for Me: Sessions or Conditions?

You have a problem with your phone, but you don't really know where to start. To help you see things more clearly, take the test! Just 5 minutes can help you save more than 2 hours per day.

(It's free, and I promise you won't leave with nothing!)

"Find screen time rules that work for you."

Once you have your results, you can add your rule in the Jomo app. Try to stick to it for at least three days if you want to see results. It's like a diet; you can't lose ten kilos by eating salad once. To see your results, go to the Profile section. There, you'll find several graphs to help you visualize your progress.

⏳ How to Spend Less Time on Screens?

It may sound absurd, but yes, we don't know how to be bored anymore, and that's a BIG problem. It's a problem because by training your brain to distract itself at every moment of downtime or inactivity, you're teaching it not to tolerate boredom. It needs to learn to resist temptation. By becoming more resistant to temptation in general, your brain will be much better at concentrating when you're working (we're not saying this, Cal Newport is).

"Find your happiness outside."

But that's not all: by training your brain to seek satisfaction in anything and everything, it ends up becoming greedier and greedier, wanting more and more. It craves its dopamine shot! As a result, the little things no longer interest it; they're just too bland. Shorts, Reels, and TikTok are more tempting because they provide a dopamine hit (and without any effort). You have to teach your brain to be bored so that it can better appreciate life's "normal" activities.

The best way to do this is to gradually cut down, and above all, find activities to do OUTSIDE THE SCREEN. The key to success? Make your phone less interesting than your real life!

⚡️ How Do I Get Motivated to Do Things I Don't Want To?

If you don't keep most of your commitments and end up lacking motivation, you're not being kind enough to yourself. You deserve to congratulate yourself and recognize your achievements when you accomplish something. No, it's not silly. Receiving acknowledgment has been proven to increase motivation. So be proud of yourself and reward yourself.

"Block and get rewarded."

Did you know that you can do this very simply with Jomo? By adding a "Habit" condition, you can block apps and associate tasks with them. Basically, they'll be blocked until you've completed what's on the list! By turning these apps into real treats, you'll find much more motivation than if you simply block them, as if you were deprived of them (punished).


The most important thing to remember is that, in order to make changes, you have to be willing to do so. You can try every app, buy every product on the planet, take dietary supplements, or other "miracle" remedies, but it won't make a difference. Change happens when we're ready for it. Give yourself time to get there, and don't be too hard on yourself. Never forget that this battle against our phones is totally unequal: your discipline vs. billionaire companies who hire the best engineers in the world to keep you on their services.

✋ Illustrations by Jomo ; Photography Unsplash