Let’s talk minimalism | Digital

A few years ago I did a mini series of blogs on minimalising your life, all inspired by Mari Kondo. I’ve linked the series below.

As 2020 is in full swing and we aim to better ourselves ever so slightly while feeling the short lived motivation a new year offers, I want to relaunch the mini series and talk about ways of simplifying and living a life with meaning.

This means only owning stuff that brings you joy or offers significant purpose in your life.

So how does this translate to your digital world?

It’s simple. I have minimalized my iPhone. I used to have a ton of apps, with 100’s of notifications bombarding me every day. When you get a notification it’s like your phone is tapping you in the shoulder and saying “Give me attention!” and I wanted to limit that to only the important things.

So on my home screen – only the apps I use everyday and apps I want to access quickly like Shazam and Maps:

  • Phone
  • WhatsApp
  • Maps
  • Chrome
  • Shazam
  • Music

All the rest is in one folder, and I access them via the search bar. This helps me to only access apps with clear intent, instead of just tapping on the app because it is there.

I have also switched off ALL app notifications apart from:

  • Phone
  • WhatsApp
  • Settings
  • Habit

Habit is an amazing app I recently discovered where you can log certain activities you want to do daily or weekly, and you can set reminders for them. Things like:

  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Journaling
  • Exercising etc

Instilling this purge on my digital space (a.k.a my phone) I have managed to cut back on screen time from 6 hours daily (I know, it’s shocking) to 2.5 hours daily, and this includes texting, social media etc.

This is what my phone looks like now:

Only the key apps are left on my home screen

You can read the rest of my mini series here:

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