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(DAY 204) Decluttering my Phone

· 3 min read
Gaurav Parashar

Our smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives, housing a plethora of apps designed to simplify and enhance various aspects of our daily routine. However, over time, our smartphones can become cluttered with an overwhelming number of apps, each vying for our attention. As an entrepreneur, I've realized the importance of streamlining my digital life to stay focused and productive. Yesterday, I cleaned up my phone, removing a significant number of apps, and how this process will help me narrow my focus.

Cleaning House - From 110 to 40 Apps

One day, I decided it was time to take a long, hard look at my smartphone and the multitude of apps it housed. I was astonished to find that I had accumulated a staggering 110 apps over the last year. This realization was a wake-up call. I realized that many of these apps served little to no purpose in my daily life. It was time for a digital detox.

The process of decluttering your phone is liberating. I quickly evaluated each app's usefulness and relevance, and if an app didn't serve a significant purpose, it had to go. After filling an Excel sheet, I removed 70 out of the 110 apps, leaving me with a leaner and more focused set of 40 apps.

Symbolism in Decluttering

This process of cleaning up my phone goes beyond just digital organization; it's symbolic of narrowing my focus and simplifying my life. Much like an entrepreneur must prioritize tasks and goals to be successful, I realized that I needed to prioritize the apps and digital distractions in my life. By decluttering my phone, I'm actively choosing to concentrate on what truly matters to me.

A Year Without Notifications

Around a year ago, I made another significant change in my smartphone habits: I turned off notifications for most apps. This decision was a game-changer. No longer was my attention constantly hijacked by the incessant pings and buzzes from various apps. I felt a newfound sense of control over my device, allowing me to choose when and where I wanted to engage with my apps.

Rising Standards: The Quality of Apps

One noticeable change throughout my journey of app cleaning is the remarkable improvement in the quality of apps available. The bar has been set much higher, with developers constantly striving to deliver user-friendly, feature-rich apps that genuinely enhance our lives. The process of cleaning up my phone has allowed me to discover and appreciate these high-quality apps even more.

Cleaning up my phone, removing redundant apps, and eliminating notifications has been a transformative experience. It has not only simplified my digital life but also symbolized my commitment to narrowing my focus as an entrepreneur. The quality of apps available today has made this transition smoother, enabling me to work smarter and more efficiently. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the clutter of smartphone apps, I encourage you to embark on your own digital detox journey. You might be surprised at the positive impact it can have on your life and business.