Week 1 – Delete all apps beside phone, messenger, maps, podcast, camera, grocery pick up, notes, reminders, and fitness related.
- Email can be checked on a computer. I can borrow books through a website on the computer. I can check bank and investment accounts on the computer. Basically anything I can do on a computer, will be done on a computer. I can come up with a million exceptions and reasons why I should veer away from the “anything I can do on a computer, will be done on a computer” but that really defeats the purpose of this challenge.
Week 2 – 4 – Deal with all of the mental and physical stuff that comes along with Week 1. I’m going to have a lot of known and unknown habits to break. No more scrolling through Instagram on the toilet. Don’t even shake your head. We all do it!
Where do I begin? At first I thought I could simply move the “not approved for use” apps to a second screen and I would be fine. Results are in. THAT’S A COMPLETE LIE! I was tempted, made excuses, and tried but it didn’t work most days.
Sunday afternoon became the “rip the band aid off” moment. I started deleting apps. I signed out of the BMM Instagram account leaving only our furbaby’s Instagram open. (Mr. BMM is trying to grow his YouTube channel and Instagram is helping that happen). I deleted just about every app that wasn’t approved at the start of this challenge with exception of LinkedIn. Let me explain. I’m actively looking for a new job. I regret taking my new job. I have regretted it since week 6 and literally cannot remember what if feels like to sleep a full week. I have been there for 7 months. Because of my active search for a new job, I spend my “restroom breaks” scrolling through jobs on LinkedIn. No shame here. I apply to about 5-10 jobs each day from my work restroom. While it’s an excuse to keep LinkedIn, I felt that it was important to achieve my goals as I previously wrote about.
Once I did the “THING” I started to relax. Felt calmer. Amazing how that happens.
Another thing I realized this weekend is that I really needed a digital declutter and phone reset. Despite my nearly 24 hours on my phone a week, I screwed up the curbside grocery pick-up two weeks in a row. This past weekend alone I tacked on two additional grocery trips because of necessary things that I forgot. It wasn’t the worst thing that could have happened but it was annoying that it did happen. It also put a spotlight on my current mental space.
I’ve been scattered and pulled in so many directions. Four weeks ago Mr. BMM needed emergency medical care plus countless follow-up appointments. That took, as it should have, some serious mental space and energy. He’s on the mend currently. I am also applying to jobs, taking recruiter phone calls, and setting up interviews. Again more mental space and energy. A lot of mental energy has been expelled with my phone sucked up all the remaining energy. And for what??? My phone sucks up a lot of mental energy for very little in return. If I converted this mental energy into a stock, it would be tanking or slowly on the declining stock. I wouldn’t buy it.
After I deleted those apps, I got to some tried and tested self-care. I colored my hair, waxed my eyebrows, and did my nails all at home. When I give myself an at home spa day I feel 100 times better. Then I spent about an hour on the porch reading Effortless by Greg McKeown. I swear the Universe knows what I need and delivers each time. This book is helping me step back from the rat race. I don’t believe we should ever need permission to care for ourselves but this book gives that permission. Sometimes I just need permission to care for myself. Or maybe it’s a reminder. Either way, I need to be reading this book.
Other times I just need to treat myself like a toddler. Sunday after I did my spa day, I spent time writing every single to do item into my calendar and crossed some of those items off my list. Then I wrote a step by step Monday morning routine. Why? Because there is no way I can get all of the things done. And some “essential” task always finds its way to my to do list. Quite frankly not all of the things are essential. I am currently reading the last of my remaining borrowed physical library books before I switch over to digital.
I’m writing this article as I start week 2 of my Digital Minimalism/ Prince Inspired Challenge and I already feel and notice the difference. I woke up a little earlier for a run this morning. I managed to fit in a 4 mile hill run before work and if feels marvelous.
Have you ever doing a digital declutter? What happened? How did you feel? Would you do it again???
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