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If you’ve got 15 minutes, here are 6 more productive ways to spend time on your phone

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One of my greatest challenges when I switched to freelancing was managing my time. Taking too many breaks; not taking any breaks. Worse—taking a “break” to do other work-related tasks, like cleaning out my inbox or catch-up reading marketing newsletter subscriptions.

When I would take a proper break, too often I found myself doomscrolling through news or social media on my phone. Hardly the most energizing or invigorating experience.

We don’t need to hide our phones during a break. We just need mobile break options that improve our state of mind—not bring us down. With a lot of personal trial and error, I’ve found six different ways to use my phone on a break, each one that refreshes me, clears my head, and re-energizes me.

Get a couple podcasts in your subscription list with episodes under 15 minutes. That way, you make it through the whole thing and don’t get sucked into a longer-than-intended break. (Pro tip: go with something episodic so you don’t risk a cliffhanger.)

ListenNotes is a great podcast search engine, and you can filter for podcast length on its free version.

It may take some time to find the one or two short podcasts that work for you. I originally tried a couple “poem of the day” podcasts. Turns out that contemporary poets are a fairly gloomy lot, and that wasn’t the vibe I wanted on a break. My go-to short podcasts are Accessible Art History and Cabinet of Curiosities.

I don’t care what the books........

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