Feeling overwhelmed with your smartphone? You might need a digital detox. Learn ways to reduce the digital clutter on your phone and how to spend less time on it too with these simple tips.
While digital clutter might not take up space in your home, it makes using your phone a stressful experience as clutter of any kind is linked to stress and distraction. If you are looking to detox and declutter your smartphone this year, here are five tips to get it done.
1. Go Through Your Apps
When was the last time you actually went through the apps on your phone? We have a habit of trying out a new app or downloading an app that someone recommended to us, then never open it again. Take the time to purge your phone of apps you don’t use or aren’t useful to you anymore.
2. Keep Your Phone Organized
After you’ve removed the apps you don’t need, it’s time to organize the ones you use. The best way to do this is by creating folders on your home screen. This will make your apps much more manageable and help you see what you have at a glance. You can categorize them based on usage, type of app, etc.
3. Set a Limit on Your Screen Time
If left unattended, it’s easy to spend hours on the phone without ever really noticing it. The first step in really figuring out how much time you spend on your phone is to look at your usage. Look at not only how much time you’re spending on your phone, but where that time is being spent.
This will give you better insight into how you are using your smartphone time so you can make changes that will help limit your screen time. If you need to set a limit for how much screen time you can have or dedicate no screen time.
4. Keep Your Phone Clean
You put your phone to your face and use it with your hands all the time. When you’re not using your phone, it’s likely rolling around your purse or the counter where you’re making dinner.
Phones can pick up a lot of germs during a regular day, so make sure you clean it regularly. You can use distilled water and Thieves Household Cleaner on a microfiber cloth to clean your phone.
5. Spend 15 Minutes a Month Fine-Tuning Your System
Just because you’ve organized your phone once doesn’t mean you’re entirely done. You need to keep checking with your systems and spend about 15 minutes a month going through your apps again. This will be a chance to remove apps you thought you’d use but haven’t, and to see if you need to make any changes.
Keeping your phone free from digital clutter can be challenging, but it can be even more challenging to spend some time without it. In a world where you can be connected to every person you know with just a click of a button, consider spending some time staying unconnected each day.
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