Here’s a wee something I’ve done in an attempt to make my phone my slave, rather than it owning me.
I’ve moved the email apps off the home screen and onto the fourth and final screen.
What a small thing: what a huge change.
You see, my phone isn’t really a phone, it’s a mini computer in my handbag. The whole family’s workings can be run through that phone… so long as I’ve got my glasses on….
My blog and all other business can all come at me through that phone too.
Organising Our Lives On Email
Email is where all my organising happens, with one address for home/family and one for work.
My Mac Mail gets all the school and sport emails, all the bills, library reminders and social stuff for all the kids and myself.
My Gmail addresses and aliases get a million press releases, all my bloggy and writing work matters and the newsletters I like to read.
These emails make up my TO DO list really... and it can all get overwhelming…. even though I have decluttered the email inboxes as much as is possible.
Anyway, I used to see the emails popping up on the phone home screen when I was out and about and generally on the run. Too much!
Now I don’t... I have to make the conscious decision to find out if I have emails. I aim in fact to deal with them all whilst sitting at my desk.
This means they don’t distract me when I am with the kids and want to have a real focus on them and connection to them.
If I need to I can flick through the screens to check the emails and can reply. But I aim not to do that on the run any more.
My head got too cluttered.
Very little is really vital in life.
I’m not letting emails and social media harass me any more when I’m away from my desk. The kids harass me quite enough already.
Do you have one simple thing that helps keep you calm?