I must admit, I’m an Apple guy. I use a Macbook pretty much on a daily basis for work, and I carry an iPhone most anywhere. I’m caught up in all the latest product release buzz, and my wife and I will both likely purchase one of the latest model phones around the holiday season.
I’m due by the way. I’m still rockin’ a 5s.
I actually have two phones. Too many you say? Well, one of them is probably not what you think.
In today’s society, it’s almost impossible to be disconnected from the rest of the world. I’ll admit, I’m just as attached to devices as most. But in an attempt to minimize some distractions in my own life, I’ve created what I call my minimalist phone.
My mother-in-law had an old iPhone laying dormant in a dresser drawer, so I asked if I could have it earlier this year. I immediately administered a factory reset to get the phone down to the bare bones. And then I downloaded three apps. The Bible, Spotify and Podcasts.
This project was mostly for morning use. I used to wake up to the sound of an alarm on my everyday phone, and I had conditioned myself to check all my social media accounts and any email updates – all before using the bathroom or getting a drink or eating breakfast.
I really do treasure early morning hours. I wake up early on purpose. It’s typically the one part of the day that I get to spend alone without many distractions or expectations. It’s the time of day when my head is most clear.
I want to honor that clarity – to be intentional about the way I start my day. I’ve discovered one of the best ways to do that is to be aware of what media I’ll be consuming each morning.
By now rising with my minimalist phone I’m not susceptible to the Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram) rabbit hole. I can’t check emails and I don’t have any text messages to respond to, because I don’t have a number associated with the device.
I’m encouraged to continue a reading plan on the Bible app (dude’s check this one out), or to listen to music or a podcast (favorite and favorite) as I get ready. Since I started doing this I tend to have more free time in the mornings to casually get ready for my work day. There aren’t as many things competing for my attention.
Because of these experiences we recently converted another old iPhone into Holly’s own version of a minimalist device. We were just talking recently about how many text messages she used to receive after 9pm while we were lying in bed and how annoying that distraction was. Our pillow talk game has improved since electronic notifications left the bedroom.
Sometime in the last year I heard on the radio that some old classic iPods are selling for thousands of dollars on eBay. Retro-tech they called them. I’m sure a part of that is the collectible crowd. THOUSANDS of dollars, though? Seems crazy. Although, what is a mostly distraction free device experience worth in the grand scheme of things? Only you can decide for yourself.
What are some strategic ways you minimize technology distractions? Let us know in the comments below.