We're all familiar with the YouTube spiral. You know, when you watch one video and then it quickly turns into a two-hour binging sesh. And then there's the smartphone black hole: You know, when you wake up, check the time, and suddenly you have amnesia because you legitimately can't remember how you went from reading one email to watching nearly all your Instagram stories. (They're seemingly endless! How can you possibly watch them all?!)
And — well, look at that — now you're running late for work.
Social media is hands down one of the biggest — and easiest — ways to waste time. But at some point, you have to cut yourself off, not only to give yourself a much-needed respite from the screen, but also and more important to get shit done.
The truth is, though, most of us are nearly incapable of putting our phones away or ignoring the constant notifications. That's where these apps and programs come in — to help you limit your time on social media. What's great is these tools are either completely free or inexpensive.
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