This is my third day of doing Mr Extreme Minimalist vlog series. I was quite lazy today and still I got keep going with series. Consistency is key for greatness.
2016, I have lived few months without a smart phone. Main reason for this is I sold my phone to invest in my first ever startup and used my iPad for everything. Even though it was extremely challenging, I enjoyed living without a phone. I have recently having conversations with a stranger and he told me everyday he wakes up with 20 something missed calls on his phone. While we were talking he kept receiving many notifications and he ignored most of them, still our conversation got distracted many times because of this. This is like one and one conversation as well.
When I lived in Japan, We used to visit my father in law house frequently. In their home, they never switch off the TVs. Both TV will be on until they go to sleep. TV is a great distraction for me. I don’t watch TV anymore. It’s more than a decade since I lived in house that had TV.
Smartphone is probably our best friend these days and worst enemy. There is app for everything these days and every app sends you notifications. For me notifications are like door bells and I feel like I need answer/respond it. Every app is like an item in living space. Like I only own 21 items to live, also I used to have 21 apps on phone. Thanks to more downcounting, now I have only 11 apps that downloaded from apps store. There some Apple apps you can’t get rid off like Clock, Camera, photos etc. It’s not about the number of apps I have on my iPhone but it’s about me able to use this amazing tool for what I needed and stay free from distractions.
It’s quite strange that I’m writing this post from my phone now. But I know wake up tomorrow without any notifications on phone and once done my morning meditation I can focus on what I need to do to improve and enjoy my life.
Ps. Should have written this post on my MacBook and should have written a better content. But I’m happy that I’m keeping it consistent with Mr Extreme Minimalist.