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Digital Declutter Week 1

Mark RaglandComment

I’m now one week into the Declutter and it has been interesting, to say the least.

Let’s start with my phone. I removed all social media and all forms of entertainment from my phone. I also turned off notifications for the majority of remaining apps. So, now there is almost nothing to do on my phone except for call/text and check the weather. The first few days I checked the weather a shockingly high number of times (turns out, it doesn’t change very often). I still picked up my phone a lot the first 3 days out of habit, and would realize that I didn’t have any notifications, nor was there anything to do once I opened my phone. The last couple of days I have felt the draw to check my phone constantly lessen considerably. Yesterday, I was on my phone for 12 minutes. TWELVE MINUTES. I still can’t believe it.

In the morning after I do some reading, I typically take 15-20 minutes to check my phone and get caught up on all of my apps. Not doing that this week has been very strange, but it has been really good. I am using that time to read more, and I definitely move into my day with more clarity.

Not feeling the draw to check my phone constantly has been a breath of fresh air so far. Every break at work isn’t just a phone break, now it’s a reading break, or a stretch break or a do-the-dishes break. I can go hours without my phone and that’s okay because I don’t need to go to it for entertainment.

Deleting Audible and Podcasts from my phone wasn’t a part of the Declutter, but I did remove them both in order to experience life without someone else’s voice in my ear all the time. I listen to audiobooks/podcasts A LOT. Every time I have a break from work I would turn something on. There was very little time in my day where I could just be a person and think, so I wanted to change that. So far, I haven’t downloaded either of those apps again, and it has been very peaceful. There is definitely more time for my own organic thoughts, and I have enjoyed listening to music while in the car. I’m grateful for more opportunities to be present, and not to always have something playing.

I have really enjoyed the Declutter so far, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to go. Most importantly, I check my phone so much less and spend very little time on it each day, and I’m very happy about that.

Mark

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