• Nicole Yap

New Year, New Monthly Resolutions


Happy New Year and New DECADE!


People often make really awesome New Year resolutions that would without a doubt be really awesome achievements. Unfortunately, people often break those resolutions simply because the scope of their resolutions are too big.


Two years ago, my friend Alana introduced me to the idea of monthly resolutions. For each month of the year she had a new and different resolution. Each resolution had straightforward tangible goals that helped her achieve the monthly resolution.


She’s brought the monthly resolutions back for 2020 and this time I’ve decided to join her! Setting up group resolutions is motivating, and I feel that it keeps all participants accountable.


For January, the monthly resolution is to be more present and productive by reducing the amount of time we spend on our phone. To read more about it, check out Alana’s January article.


To set the benchmark, I checked the amount of time I spent on my phone on both a daily and weekly basis in December. On average I spent about 4.5 hours per day looking at my phone which is about ~30 hours per week. For someone who feels like I never have enough time, 30 hours on my phone seems a little ridiculous.




Like Alana, I will also attempt to reduce my screen time by 50%. So on average will try to do less than 2 hours a day on my phone, and less than 15 hours per week.


After looking at my own data, I observed that I spend the most time on social media, and specifically Instagram. In recent years, I’ve started following more influencers, celebrities, and content accounts which has been great. Social media has become a great platform for others to showcase their creativity and humor and I’m all for it! I find myself entertained by the latest meme and also find my inspiration for next travel destinations and trendy outfits.

I don’t plan to stop doing this at all, but I will have to make a conscious effort to do it in moderation.


To help reduce my screen time even more, I plan to not have my phone right next to me before I go to bed / while I sleep. I spend the most time on my phone right before bed. One of my other 2020 goals is to read at least one book a month so instead of scrolling through Insta before bed, I’ll read instead.


I'm excited to start this challenge. I hope that cutting my screen time will allow me to do the things I always say I want to do but never have time for.