If you’re curious, you can read the original here.
I’ve now had a new phone for a little over a week and, with the lessons learned from being phone-free, I’ve adapted some of the following habits & strategies:
- No alert pop-ups, save for the sound of text messages coming in. Given my line of work, this is often the first line of communication.
- Eliminated the first screen of apps, as discussed here on Infomagical. All of my apps are in 1 folder and I search from swipe-right, rather than digging through the folder.
- No social media apps. They’re just not worth it.
- I’ve disabled Safari. I had Sarah put a password restriction on it. Some people can handle all of man’s collected knowledge (and terrible awfulness) in their pocket, but I cannot.
As a result, my data usage is paltry. The things that are data intensive (podcasts & music) I pre-download to the phone over wifi. As a result, I’m going to go to a “Talk & Text” plan for cheap.
I now have more time for the things I’d rather be doing, like reading, meditating, watching my boys play, being bored & the creativity it brings, and connecting with Sarah. All because I turned my phone into something that approximates a Blackberry’s usability circa 2008.
This has inadvertently been an eye-opening experience. If you feel like you could benefit, you might want to check out the “More Social, Less Media” program from Dallas Hartwig. It’s like a Whole30 for your phone.