Before You Waste Time, Listen to This


The Mel Robbins Podcast with Dr. Alok Kanojia, MD


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In today’s episode, you’re going to learn how to take back control of your time. 

New research shows that you’ll spend 20 years of your life on your screens. 

It’s time to stop wasting your time – and your life – and learn how to use technology in a way that works for you, your brain, and your body.

Here to deliver the wake up call of a lifetime is Dr. Alok Kanojia, MD.

Dr. Kanojia, also known as Dr. K, is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in modern mental health and the impact of technology on the brain. He is beloved by the millions of fans of his YouTube channel Healthy Gamer for his clear, no-nonsense advice about motivation, technology, and making the most of your life.

You will be shocked by what Dr. K shares with you about:

- Why you feel tired all the time

- The impact that looking at your phone in your has on your attention span

- Why you don’t want to do anything after binging hours of social media

- How to know if you truly have a problem with your technology

- The exact scripts to talk to someone whose phone, social media, or game use is concerning you. 

This episode is a resource that you are absolutely going to want to share with everyone that you know.

If you liked this research-packed episode, you’ll love this episode with NYU’s Dr. Adam Alter, that also discusses the impact of technology: 6 Simple Science-Backed Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better.

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In this episode:

  • 5:21: Do you feel like technology is consuming all your time? 
  • 8:02: This is how the stock market can be sneaky. 
  • 14:43: Modern technology is doing THIS to our brains.
  • 17:51: How technology has crept into every aspect of our lives.
  • 18:49: If you scroll on social media or sit in front of a TV for hours, listen to this. 
  • 23:14: We all do this one thing before going to bed.
  • 28:10: Ask yourself this if you feel addicted to your phone.  
  • 32:36: Dr.K’s top strategies to take control of the time you spend with technology.
  • 41:34: The real reason you feel like you’re living life on autopilot.
  • 43:27: Social media is making us lose this part of ourselves.
  • 47:05: This is what you should do right now to spend less time using technology.
  • 50:34: Dr. K’s morning routine for getting off your phone. 
  • 52:02: This is why you need to start tolerating boredom.
  • 56:49: The reason why we have “shower thoughts.”
  • 58:27: Do this one thing while you’re bored to stimulate your brain.
  • 59:28: Dr.K’s recommendation for using your phone before bed.
  • 1:01:34: These are the 2 surprising signs of technology addiction.
  • 1:03:06: How to approach someone who can’t stop scrolling on their phone. 
  • 1:11:09: The one thing Dr.K wants you to do today.

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