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.