4 Tips for Phone Minimalism | Alyssa J Cori: 4 Tips for Phone Minimalism

March 11, 2020

4 Tips for Phone Minimalism

Sometimes it feels like I've already written about all of the minimalism/organization/productivity suggestions out there - or at least someone has somewhere. And other times I have a few ideas that I feel like sharing, which is what you are getting today!
Click to read now or pin to save for later! Here are some tips to help you manage your phone like a minimalist

Since so much of the clutter in my life and mind has to do with my phone - who I'm corresponding with, where I'm going, what still needs to get done on my to do list - I've been working on ways to optimize what I can do on my phone. This post is going to be a sort of catch all of the recent adjustments I've made, and I hope it inspires you to make some of your own.

Notifications

So, I'd already made major strides in the notification department. I didn't have notifications for anything except texts, phone calls, and emails...but the emails were really bringing me down. I had already gotten to the point of only having badges, nothing popping up on the screen, but I recently took away all email notification. And you guys, it's made such a difference! I check my email less frequently on my phone, and I haven't missed anything important. I used to want to check constantly to clear away that little red dot, but now it's always cleared away.

Declutter contacts, text messages, recent calls, voicemails, photos, etc.

It is so cleansing to go through old contacts and conversations to remove people you're no longer in contact with and truly don't have a place in your phone. For many people this may be minor, but you may not even realize what a weight is lifted off of you when you can easily find what you're looking for instead of scrolling through clutter.

Streamline your note taking apps

One of the great things about always having our phones with us is that we are never without our notes (or calendar - I'm a big proponent of going as digital as you can). But, it can be far too easy to still end up keeping information in a bunch of different places. Whether that's text messages to yourself, your notes app, to-do app, the list goes on, there are so many potential places you can leverage. 

My best advice is to separate work and personal. For me, I keep all of my work notes in Evernote and all of my personal notes in the native Apple Notes app. My to-do list lives on my calendar and I'll shoot myself a text message as a reminder if there's something I want to go back to later. This method works for me, but play around to see what you like best. Have a place for everything and put everything in its place. 

Set up Screen Time (and actually listen to it)

Instagram is where I spend a good chunk of my time on my phone. I decided to limit myself to 25 minutes every day and have been sticking to it (unless I'm putting up one of my Instagram series, like The Met and Best Hot Coco in NYC). This can be used to help you be more mindful about where you're spending your time on your phone and just make you more aware in general.

Like I mentioned, these are some small changes that have been on my mind recently as ways to improve your experience on your phone and improve your focus and productivity. As always, less is more!

-Alyssa J

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