Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been spending time cleaning up applications on my phone. By that, I mean deleting them.

While I was in South Korea, I attempted to remain as disconnected as possible. But with chat apps galore on my phone (both for social and work), it was more difficult than I expected. Mostly due to personal habit.

I work on my phone a lot. And although I’ve switched off notifications for most things (to prevent the whole 24/7 on-demand tendency), I still have the habit of regularly checking in.

Even when I’m not supposed to.

It’s been a week or so (keeping time can be challenging for me) since I made the change and I’ve realised that hacking behaviour can be as simple as making things inconvenient.

I should have known this.

When I do any UI/UX design-related work, when it comes to setting up marketing funnels, it’s always about making things beautiful, easy, reducing friction for users.

Wouldn’t the opposite be true as well?

Freeing my phone up from apps that keep me connected to work means that when I’m on the go, I only work on things that really matter to me.

For now, this means only apps that I use for writing, reading and researching.

More than clearing space in my phone and time, deleting these apps have also freed up headspace to think about the things that really matter to me.

And it makes me wonder, why didn’t I do this sooner?

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