How’s it going getting started with digital minimalism?
Last time we talked about RescueTime and figuring out how much time you actually spend on your digital devices and what you’re doing when you are there. Were there any surprises? Did you get a good idea of where you are spending your time when you are online? Did you look just at your computer, or did you also install RescueTime on your phone?
Our phones are full of fun things and interesting information, but they’re also a big source of distracted time suck. Not only using the apps, but scrolling and scrolling past screens of other apps to get to the one you want.
Take a look at your phone. How many apps do you have? More than 20? More than 50? (approx. 140 for me – that was a surprise!)
How many of those apps are you actually using? And have you thought about why you’re using those particular apps? Does each app have a purpose beyond ‘fun when I’m bored’?
(Some of that is okay, but part of digital minimalism is acting with intent.)
Just like we declutter our houses, we also need to declutter our phones. Next time you’re sitting in front of the TV, or waiting in the pick-up line, find those seldom used or unnecessary apps and delete them. It’s a great way to minimize your digital clutter and work towards minimalism.
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