Smartphone Minimalism

I'm here to share with you another self-improvement technique that I've read and greatly affect the way I use my phone today. It's called "Smartphone Minimalism". Kinda weird right? Minimalism on a smartphone?

Well, I'm here to share with you how it changes the way I used my phone and also to provide you with a couple of blogs that gave a great impact on me.Smartphone minimalism for me in my own definition is the enhancing of the way we used our phone in our daily life.

Smartphone in a way is not just some social media or a procrastination machine that we used to burn much of our time. I think smartphones are more than that already, they are now a powerful tool to keep you accompany to achieve your goals in life depending on how you used it.

How could it accompany you to archive your goal? There like tons of apps out there waiting to be discovered that will help you towards your journey in life. Although you wouldn't appreciate that if first, you don't know how to use your smartphone in a productive manner.

Having that said I first encountered it myself around a year ago. The time where I have a lot of social media apps, games and other stuff. I feel like a slave to my phone, a major turning point in my life. I started looking for app detox(an app that could track your usage) and other productivity habit tracking apps. It's pretty easy to find an app for android which is kinda different on IOS though.

Before I share with you some blogs on how to use this said technique here a bit summarization on how to use it in my own approach.

Step 1. Select apps that you frequently use and put them on our home. Max of 4 only, for me I minimize it up to 2.

Step 2. Group all related apps on the single folder.My version since I’m lazy I group it into a single one and separate another folder for something that I’m interested in. Also, It’s important that the visually triggering app icons should be in the back and leave white/ grey coloured apps in front, as the more colourful the apps are the more it will be distracting.

Why use this setup?

This set up will utilize the power of the “Search” our consciousness filter, This was written by Tristan Harris. It’s very effective technique, he said that when we use typing when using an app instead of directly clicking it we are becoming “conscious” of what we are doing. By being “present” on using our smartphone we become smarter on how we use it, not just mindlessly clicking an app whenever we like which will turn 5 minutes scroll to 1 hour and so on.

The following are few of the blogs that help me be more aware of how to use my smartphone.

  • http://www.tristanharris.com/2016/01/distracted-in-2016-welcome-to-mindfulness-bootcamp-for-your-iphone/
  • http://stopandbreathe.com/2011/06/03/six-steps-to-a-minimalist-iphone-or-smart-phone/
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/minimalist-iphone-home-screen-2017-1

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