Dock the Right Apps

Three weeks ago, I accidentally removed my Mail app from my iphone.  I have no idea how.  I freaked out, obviously.  I have three (going on four) businesses and two children whose teachers might need to reach me via email.  How could I survive without checking my email on my phone every twenty-three minutes?

After about one day of panic, I realized how FREEING it was.  I stood in a grocery line without checking email.  This was 7:30 at night, mind you, not during business hours, but I still would have felt compelled to check and, probably respond, to email right then. I started to notice how my presence in the world changed just with that one little mistake, and it got me thinking-

Can we realign our behavior just by the apps we keep docked on our phones?

I thought about how I spent time on my phone versus how I want to live.  I want to run more and live healthier.  I use MapMyRun to track my mileage and usually listen to Audible while I run. I get inspired by my curated music collection that I never seemed to listen to anymore.  What would happen if I replaced Facebook and Mail with those apps in the dock at the bottom of my screen?

I won’t say that it’s been life-altering, but it has made a noticeable difference in my life.  I can easily find the apps I want to live with and am not distracted by the others.  I have been listening to old favorites and really look forward to running because I get to listen to a bit more of a book.

Try it and let me know what you think.