Daily Minimal-izing My Phone
At some point I realized my phone was very “cluttered.”
The mental weight of thousands of pictures , emails, notifications, alarms , apps was always staring at me every time I unlocked my phone!
So I started daily decluttering my phone.
My first goal was tackling email. The first thing to go was ANY ads and sales promotions. That was such a distraction!
If I sat down for prayer time on my phone , I somehow was looking at the 70%of Landsend swimwear!
So my original goal/ plan was to unsubscribe to 5 emails per day.
So if a retailer sent me an email I opened it scrolled to the bottom and unsubscribed. I did this to 5 emails per day.
I thought it would take a long time , but after about 2 weeks I only receive about 3-5 emails per day .
After I reply, print, delete or archive those emails my email is empty!
Can u imagine! ?!?
So freeing! It removed so much guilt and unnecessary work. I also get to truly read and reply to text that are important to me.
Secondly : turned off ALL notifications except text messages. So if I want to know if I received an email , I enter my email by choice. ( I do this at certain times of the day.)
Turn off and delete all unused and outdated alarms. I had acquired probably 20 alarms that were off in my alarm category.
Third : deleted enough apps that I only have 1 screen with apps.
Then this is the Daily phone decluttering I do:
Self imposed rules I do daily:( I try very hard not to get on my phone during school hours , and only get on the internet at certain times of the day. My phone decluttering is always done at naptime though)
- Put all kids in their naptime/ quiet time spots
- Rock baby to sleep
- Prayertime: either say the Rosary, or pray the liturgy of hours
- Declutter phone then technology time:
- First Check email: delete , forward or read each email
- Go into photos : delete 20 pictures (for every 10 pics I snap, one is worth keeping) This has brought my phone pictures from thousands down to hundreds.
- Next, go into my budgeting app and record any money spent
- Check bank account – check balances, activity , pay any bills
- Check news app
- Answer any texts or send any reminders
- Check instagram- ( I follow designers that I love and find inspiring)
If anything, I feel like I am exercising a bit of control onto technology and my phone. Technology so easily addictive and unruly at times that it’s good to tame it on a daily basis.