Last week, I attempted one more thing to minimize my mobile phone usage. I turned the email auto-sync off.
Any kind of notification grabs your attention. So were my email notifications. 90% of the emails that I receive on my personal account are either newsletters, transaction alerts, payment reminders, a Nigerian prince offering me some money or a non-profit organization pitching for that money offered by the prince. I rarely get any email that I need to act immediately upon.
I decided to cut down the noise by turning off the auto synchronization. This benefited me by reducing distractions, providing the control over checking emails, and some peace during family time and when sleeping. It turned out that I didn’t miss much and the world did not end.
If something is urgent, people can and will always call.
You can read my other posts on Minimalism below:
- Me & Minimalism
- What is minimalism and what is not
- Digital Minimalism – Delete the phone apps
- Silent Mode off
Have you tried anything to reduce your mobile screen time that worked for you?