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Is our phone a source of value or distraction? Are we using the limited time we have each day on high-quality leisure or is our attention being occupied by mindless vertical scrolling on social media? I recently read the book “Digital Minimalism, Choosing a focused life in a noisy world” by Cal Newport. This book really challenged me to re-evaluate the relationship I have with the technology in my life.

As an entrepreneur that works with a team of people remotely, it is so easy for my phone to take place of my lungs. Always being connected, accessible, and aware of what’s going on within my business is very important to me. Which means I find myself bouncing between many apps and websites on a daily basis to stay on top of everything.

After reading the book, I decided to revisit the technology I use, its purpose and optimize my relationship with technology. Re-evaluating the tools I use has given me more freedom to focus on the activities that matter most to me, and has simplified how I do what I do within my company.  

There are many practices I implemented, but for the sake of this article, I want to share one thing I did that had the greatest impact. Ready? Dumb down your Smart Phone. If you’re like me, switching to an oldschool “Flip Phone” or Light phone is nearly impossible. Having access to google maps, text messages, and work-related apps are an important part of getting work done.  The best way to dumb down your phone is to create a routine that balances your access to the tech, and your access to free time.  

There are 5 steps to declutter your phone.

  • Step 1 – Audit the apps on your phone
  • Step 2 – Decide what apps to keep and what categories they below to.
  • Step 3 – Schedule downtime for both week and weekend.
  • Step 4 – Delete Unused Apps & Turn off Notifications
  • Step 5 – Schedule daily free time for solitude.

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