For the last month or so I’ve been very conscious about the amount of distractions and unused apps I have on my iPhone. I found myself unlocking my iPhone when bored and hitting those social media and video apps. Well I’ve made a few changes that I’m hoping help curb this for me and should help me in my theme of focus and calm.
I’m also not a fan of using screen time to manage this. First off I found that it had a negative effect on my battery life and secondly I could just remove the app restrictions myself.
So, I just wanted to share some of the steps I’ve taken to improve this for my own use. I’m hoping some might resonate with you too.
Move those distractions
The first step I took was to move all of my apps aside from essentials into a second page. I used to have folders and everything on one screen but by taking them out and onto another page I didn’t see them so the likes of Twitter distracted me less. The screenshot above is everything I have on my iPhone.
It’s really important to reduce the amount of notifications you get on your lock screen. I’m sure Twitter isn’t that important that you need them to be shown. My notifications are only there for messages, phone calls, reminders and calendar appointments.
At the same time as organising my apps I deleted anything I hadn’t used or forgot I even had installed. Mobile data is so fast these days if you need something on the go I’m sure you’ll be able to download it.
It’s ok to be bored
Its perfectly fine to be bored, let your mind wander or spend a few minutes with the breathe app on your Apple Watch. I used to listen to a lot of music and just let my mind wander. These days I listen to a lot of podcasts instead. I’m going to reduce these and get some music back into my life.
Got any tips for being less distracted on your smartphone?