30 For 30/30 #18 – 15 Ways to Simplify Your Digital Life

This is the 18th post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link

Note: After a few technological hiccups this morning, I finally got this post online. Apologies to my email subscribers to whom I emailed the wrong link this morning. 😐

We live in a digital world. Some of us like it while others don’t, and still, some of us find ourselves questioning how to function within it without losing our sanity.

I am one of those individuals. I continually question whether or not I have too many apps on my iPhone and iPad. When I periodically review the multitude of icons on my iPhone, I delete the ones I know I haven’t accessed in a few months, knowing that should I need them again, they are only a few clicks away from reappearing.

When to simplify

Because you’re one of my readers and your level of awareness is higher than most, ideally you’d have a regularly scheduled time to review your digital inventory and make some adjustments.

However, if that’s not the case…. then here are some clear signs that you might need to assess your digital habits and assess what needs to change:

  • You have difficulty finding the app you need
  • You have more than one app for the same function 
  • You feel stressed each time you view your home screen
  • You shop for new apps frequently

There comes a time when the technology we’ve chosen to make our lives easier actually complicates it. That’s the clearestsign of all that you need to simplify your digital footprint.

15 ways you can simplify your digital life

Any of the following suggestions can help simplify your digital life:

  1. Limit your open browser tabs to three at any given time
  2. Use only one browser at a time
  3. Use only one social media application/site at a time
  4. Use a news aggregator app like Apple News or The Skim
  5. Turn off your phone’s on-screen notifications 
  6. Keep your phone on silent mode
  7. Use collections/folders to hold icons with similar functions
  8. Try limiting your phone’s home screen to one or two apps 
  9. Use your phone in its black-and-white mode 
  10. Don’t use your phone while eating alone or with others and ask others to do the same
  11. Keep an offline log of your screen time and review it weekly
  12. Try leaving your phone at home for a day
  13. Consider getting a non-smartphone
  14. Use your laptop’s screen instead of the double display on your desk
  15. Check email less often and exit the program each time

(18 minutes)

Categorized as 30-for-30

By Baz

writer | coach | practical buddhist

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