We will occasionally get distracted by a cat in our house. It makes sense – there are four of them. And we will dub the cat that distracts us “Distracti-cat”.
That would have been a good name for my iPhone, but instead, I went with Captain Pinky Sparkles. (The phone case is tinged pink and has glitter embedded in the plastic, so this actually makes sense.)
But Distracti-cat, as I said, would have been appropriate. I am a person who loves to look at my phone. My husband will tease me for watching the TV while a YouTube video loads on my phone and I’m waiting for my computer to boot up. I am device-happy. There’s no doubt about it.
But earlier this year I gave up Facebook for 40 days, and then for good. And I am intent on moving my personal lifestyle (although perhaps not that of my husband and children – I’m hoping they pick it up on their own) to a more minimal, intentional one.
Today, on the heels of a friend’s decision to dial back on the Facebook scrolling, I took another step.
Here are the two screens on my phone:
I went looking for articles on minimal iPhones, and I ran across this one where the author had chosen three apps he uses intentionally when he isn’t responding to a notification, and put them on the bottom bar along with a folder of the other 130 apps, sorted alphabetically. The first page of that folder ended up with the most frequently used 9 apps, and then as notifications were determined to be unnecessary, they were eliminated.
So what I’ve done is, for now, dumped all my apps into one folder and left the phone app on the bar. I don’t know what three apps I use most intentionally, to be honest. There are quite a few I use frequently, like Audible, Podcasts, and Kindle, but I also use Chains, YouTube, Hangouts, Messenger, Camera, Chrome, and Clock a lot.
So I’m just going to hang out with this for now. I’ve got several widgets set up on the swipe left screen, too, for some things I use very frequently. We’ll see how this works out.
Quite honestly, I love it already and it’s only about a half hour old. The photo is one I took on Memorial day, with our cat Shybutts who had been hiding under the blanket, darted away when my husband walked by, and then darted right back under. He was looking right at me for the photo, so he has to know his hiding spot wasn’t the best. Still – adorbs.