Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.
Challenge # 8 – Smart Phone Declutter
Clear out all apps you don’t use and delete or reorganize the ones you want to use less of.
How’d it go: I thought this would be much more painful than it was. The very first thing I wanted to accomplish through this task was to quit spending so much time on Facebook. And though I was dreading the change, I knew I needed it. To clarify, I didn’t delete my account; I can still sit down at my computer or use my tablet to get into comment squabbles on political posts if I so desire. But what I did do was delete the app from my phone. It’s been a gamechanger! I feel happier, less-stressed and have more time. I’m less distracted and more present for my daughter. I’m logging loads less screen time. I truly hadn’t realized how many hours Facebook was sucking from my life. The convenience of posting whatever picture I snap or random thought I have is gone, but that’s not altogether a bad thing either. It’s helped me focus more on my writing instead of my social media posts.
I also deleted 17 other apps (gasp!) that I no longer needed on my phone. I rearranged my home page and then put my phone down and got back to work on other more important things. It felt great. This was an easy win.
(P.S. My normally cluttered countertop from last week is still free and clear. I love having the space available and looking clean. A prior task involving jars of writing utensils didn’t stick however, my five-year old helped see to that. Pens, pencils, markers, crayons are once again scattered to the four winds. I think I’ll just not let it bother me. Problem solved.)
(Published in the March 13th issue of the Warroad Pioneer)