Digital Organization: Phone
It is a fresh year and a fresh start. So, why hold onto things. Everyone needs a new beginning. Organizing, to me, is freeing. I mean I feel physically lighter. So, as I purge/donate/organize my life, I will let you know what I’m doing. Maybe it will inspire you. So let’s begin with Digital Organization: Phone.
My phone is NOT my lifeline.
I try not to carry it into places with me and I don’t obsessively scroll for hours and hours. It has been becoming more and more apparent how addicted we all are to our cell phones. Really, it is sad.
I sit in places and look around. Everyone has their nose in their phones. Scrolling, endlessly. Comparing themselves to others because, in the little squares of life, everything seems perfect. Therefore, we fall into the trap of never being enough.
Let me just tell you, in Christ…YOU ARE ENOUGH.
The first thing I do is work on my text messages. How many times do you see a text and think you have responded…but you don’t? I am so guilty of that. Every night, I go through them and respond to what I need too. Then, I put in my calendar what needs to go in there.
Next, I delete all my text messages. If it is something important, I will copy/paste it into a “Note” app. I have also been known to screenshot something. From there, I will transfer it from my phone gallery to my tablet. More on that in another post. I am pretty diligent about deleting my messages, daily. The visual clutter drives me completely insane. I get overwhelmed.
Next up, I go through my contacts.
Delete delete delete. I have *very* few numbers on my phone. If I haven’t talked to you in a year, chances are, I’m not gonna talk to you in the new year. There have been moments where someone has randomly texted me. I simply ask who they are 🙂 Most of the time, I have a general idea of who it is.
Then, I go through my apps.
I delete the ones I do not use or have never used. It takes up so much space. Organize the apps you have. On my “home” screen, I have my garage door app and a calendar. That is it. The rest, I take the icons off my home screen. Again, visual clutter irritates me. You can combine apps, into folders on your home page. This can streamline what you see as well.
When I check my email, sometimes I have to download something. Go through your files and you will see the downloads file. Delete that mess. You don’t need it and all it does is slow your phone down. Sometimes, I have had to send it as an email (more on that later). Once it is sent, delete it.
Pictures, I transfer to my tablet. Once transferred, I delete them. I do not store music (except for what a friend sends me).
Put your phone down. Talk. Face to face. Make eye contact. Engage in society to make a difference. There was a time before cell phones. Where you could go to Wal-mart without everyone knowing what you are doing and buying. I will say, in the beginning I spent WAY too much time on my phone. It was a novelty. I remember when facebook began and I was enthralled.
I also missed out on my children because my nose was so far up my phone that I couldn’t see the humans standing before me. They are so much more fun.