I'm not sure whether it's a waste or commendable that the more capable mobile devices become the less I do with them. It's been an ongoing trend for a few years now.

While I'm happy that I can do almost everything I need to on the phone there's part of me that increasingly resists getting sucked in.

As well as trying to remove distractions I have fewer apps than ever as I try to condense what I do into a minimum viable toolset.

Fewer apps means less opportunity to fall down rabbit holes and lose myself. Combine this with the greyscale filter which makes the device less enticing and I've found my mobile screen time decreasing significantly.

I've not been as meticulous in trading screen time for time writing in my notebook but I think that's a function of the reduction in screen time itself. Because I'm naturally doing less I don't feel the need to use the notebook to wean myself off digital.

Although I should be using it on a whole different level.

It's quite a strange position to be in.

  1. hjertnes says: #
    I have been trying to limit my iPhone lately. There are a few things on it I need for people to contact me, or for server monitoring at work. But the rest of the apps I have on my phone is an attempt to limit it to the stuff I actually want to do. Like Headspace, reading stuff I have added to pinboard, reading books, listening to music, audiobooks and podcasts. In other words: no e-mail, no rss apps, no youtube etc.
  2. Colin Walker says: #
    I don’t receive much email these days since I had a mass-unsubscribed from things a while back so that’s not much of a problem for me. I don’t think I could go without RSS, it’s part of my routine, but I admire your ruthlessness.
  3. hjertnes says: #
    I still use RSS, but not on my phone. Because it felt like I spent more time processing it compares to reading stuff I've saved from it.

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