Screen/Life Balance Master Class:
PHONE BREAKUP BOOT CAMP
One Month to a Healthy Phone Relationship
Can you imagine what it would feel like to be calm?
You Should Take This Class If:
You want to feel less anxious
You want to feel more present
You want to reconnect with things that bring you meaning and joy
You want to reduce mindless scrolling
You want to feel more in control
You want your life back
If any of these statements apply to you, let me assure you: you are not alone. I have heard from thousands of people around the world who are struggling with the same set of issues. And I’ve realized that while my book, How to Break Up With Your Phone is a great jumping off point, for many of us a book is simply not enough.
We need personalized coaching, accountability and support.
That’s why I’ve created the Screen/Life Balance Phone Breakup Boot Camp, a five-week course designed to help you jumpstart a healthier relationship with your phone. It’s your chance to work with me directly to figure out how you can keep the parts of your phone that you love and get rid of the stuff that you hate. The goal isn’t just to make you feel better about the time you spend on your phone—though you certainly will.
It’s to give you back your sense of control.
Every week, I’ll host a live 60-minute video call (which you’ll have access to afterwards as well). The first half of the call will be educational. I’ll explain the many ways in which our phones are designed to be difficult to put down, and reveal the effects that our phone time is having on our bodies and brains. (Spoiler alert: if you think your phone has changed you, you’re not crazy—you’re right!) We’ll also discuss why most attempts to cut back on phone time are unsuccessful, and learn the secrets to successful habit change—knowledge that you can put to use in other areas of your life as well.
I’ll then present you with your assignments, which will be inspired by my book but personalized according to the needs of the people in the class. Together, we’ll identify what our goals are—keeping in mind that the point isn’t to spend less time on our phones; it’s to spend more time on our lives. With this awareness in place, we’ll then redesign our phones and physical environments in ways that will make it easier for us to change our habits. Along the way, we’ll engage in attention-building, centering practices that I’ve designed to help undo some of the negative effects that our phones have had on our abilities to focus and think—not to mention be present in our own lives.
There will also be opportunities to focus on common challenges—for example, how to manage phones and work, what to do if someone you care about is in denial about their phone use, and how to handle phones and kids.
By the end of our month together, you will be well on your way to a healthy, long-term relationship with your phone. You will feel calmer. You will feel more focused. You will feel more connected. You will feel more present.
You will be in control.
Don’t get me wrong: change is hard. But I speak from personal experience—and that of thousands of people who have gone through this process—when I say that it is possible to get more screen/life balance and create a healthy relationship with your devices—and that doing so can change your life.
I hope you’ll join us.
—Catherine Price, author of How to Break Up With Your Phone & founder of Screen/Life Balance
Tough Love Post-Script: Please only sign up if you are serious about change. Due to the time it takes to prepare for and coach the calls, I’m only planning to offer the live version course once or twice a year to a limited number of participants. I want it to be life-changing for you, but that can’t happen unless you’re willing to put in the work.
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What You Get:
A curated 5-week curriculum designed to help improve your Screen/Life Balance and jumpstart a healthy relationship with your phone:
Five 60-minute live group video coaching calls with Catherine herself
Daily, evidence-backed assignments designed to inspire you and hold you accountable
Lifetime access to recordings of all five group coaching calls
A signed copy of How to Break Up With Your Phone
A set of “Pay Attention” phone bands
Worksheets, surveys and other materials to customize your experience, support your learning, and solidify your new habits
A group of other Screen/Life Balance TK to support and inspire you
Access to the exclusive Screen/Life Balance Slack channel
What Happens On the Calls:
(structure is subject to change)
Before the call: In order to hit the ground running, you’ll have the option each week to send in questions, anecdotes and concerns.
Welcome/Review: We’ll introduce the week’s topic and I’ll summarize some of the feedback and give a preview of the questions people have sent in over the previous week that I will be answering during the Q&A.
Masterclass: I’ll focus on a specific topic that is essential to understand if you want to take back control from your phone. For example: how to spot (and protect yourself from) addictive design elements, how to redesign your phone and physical environment to support Screen/Life Balance, how to identify your goals and challenges, how to make your new habits stick, etc.
Q&A #1: We’ll spend a few minutes on questions related to the master class content (or you can take a quick break) before we dive into the week’s assignments.
Boot Camp: There’s no point in taking this class if you’re not serious about change. This is where you’ll get your week’s assignments.
Ninja Tip: Each boot camp will include a Screen/Life Balance ninja tip— i.e. a solution to a common challenge or to a problem you didn’t even know that you had.
General Q&A and Trouble-Shooting: I’ll address questions brought up either before or during the call.
Wrap Up: I’ll give a preview of the topic for the following week.
Note: There will also be ample time for Q&A and for addressing any specific challenges that you are facing.
week 1: what it means to “break up” with your phone/Technology triage
The first week is devoted to providing an overview of what it means to break up with your phone—as well as the forces working against us. (Do not worry: it does not require getting rid of your phone!) We will talk about what makes phones different from previous technologies, and go over some of the most common reasons that people have difficulty managing their phone use. Our goal for the week will be to identify our own phone “personalities,” clarify our intentions, and establish specific, positive goals for how we want to be spending our time. This is a crucial—but often overlooked—foundational step in creating long-lasting habit change. After all, you can’t reach a new destination if you don’t know where you’re starting from and don’t know where you want to go.
Week 2: why breaking up is hard to do
Want to know why your phone is hard to put down? It’s because it’s been designed to be hard to put down. This week, we’ll pull back the curtain about how app makers manipulate our brain chemistry—and deliberately spike our anxiety levels—in order to keep us glued to our screens. We’ll discuss the ways in which the time we spend on our phones is changing our brains — and mostly, not in a good way. We’ll learn about what habits actually are, and how we can change them. We’ll then make concrete adjustments to our phones and physical environments to help us take back control.
week 3: reclaiming your brain
The average person spends about four hours a day on their phone. If you do anything for four hours a day it’s going to change your brain, and unfortunately many of these phone-related changes aren’t great—particularly when it comes to our ability to stay focused on one thing at a time. But the good news is that it is possible to get your attention span back. This week, we’ll focus on establishing some practices that will help you re-strengthen your “muscle” of attention, so that you can be more efficient and productive—not to mention more present in your own life. We’ll cap off the week by taking a full 24-hour break from our phones. I know that is scary, but please don’t worry—many people report that it’s actually one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of the entire breakup. We will hold each other and it will be okay.
Week 4: making it official
By week four, you will be well on your way toward your new relationship with your phone. It’s a vulnerable time, though, too: you’ve gone through the hard work of establishing new habits, but they haven’t yet fully taken root. (In other words, you’ve gotten through the “honeymoon” period of your new relationship; now it’s time to move in together.) This week we’ll reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the course of our breakups so far, identify potential problem areas, and learn how to increase the chances that our new habits will stick.
Week 5: tech check
Spoiler alert: maintaining a healthy relationship with your phone will be an ongoing challenge—and that is totally fine! Our final call will be devoted to the art of long-term maintenance: we’ll trouble-shoot any lingering challenges and I’ll share tips and insights based on my own personal experience that will help you maintain your new relationship over time. We’ll also discuss how to hone a ninja skill—namely, using your phone breakup know-how to achieve more screen/life balance in all other areas of your life.
THE FALL 2019 PHONE BREAKUP
BOOT CAMP IS NOW OPEN!
The Phone Breakup Bootcamp starts September 3 and ends October 1.
LIVE Coaching Calls with be Tuesdays from 1–2pm east coast time/10–11am west coast*
*if you can’t make the live calls, no problem: you will have access to the recordings, plus an opportunity to send in your questions for me to answer during the call
act now: Space is Limited and registration closes August TK <—ANY IDEA HOW WE CAN ADD A COUNT-DOWN CLOCK?
ACT NOW: Sign up by TK and receive TK
The first few members to join the boot camp will get free 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with Catherine (a $150 value). In addition, all boot camp participants will receive:
Access to an exclusive one-hour bonus “check-in” group video coaching call with Catherine to be held roughly two weeks after the completion of the course
Special Screen/Life Balance discounts with our partners
if you complete the course, put in a good-faith effort, and truly feel that your relationship with your devices has not improved, we will refund you the cost of the course.