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No matter your career or business niche, you’re busy and don’t need any more distractions from the things you are trying to get done. So why are you allowing all the apps on your phone to cause distractions when your time can be better used?
It’s time to regain some of that lost time by performing a digital de-cluttering, which involves removing apps that are too distracting and that take up a lot of space on your phone. And organizing them into folders to help you stay more organized.
Do you remember when the last time was that you actually made the effort to open and use all those apps that are stored on your phone? If you have not used them in the past thirty days or more, then the reality is that they are not important to what you do either on your farm or at home.
Protect Your Data and Online Security
You probably have forgotten about many of the services that you had signed up for with those apps. In fact, having so many apps that you are not using can even be a security risk.
In this day of the online world and identity theft, it is truly important for you to think of your security when you have so many apps. Most apps are probably okay, but you are still putting yourself at risk of a rogue hacker behind the development of an app.
For example, a person may develop an app that seems helpful, fun and good. But the person may really have ulterior motives to steal your information. Or hackers can find their way into your data by hacking their way through a less secure app that you have installed on your phone.
So, clean out those extra apps that you’re not using.
How can you tell what is a less secure app? First, there are TONES of youtube videos out there about almost any app and often one of the things evaluated is the security measures.
Also just look at the quality of the app. You can look at the reviews and make sure to read the comments that people leave in the review section. Choosing apps from the editor’s choice section in the google play store is also a way to make sure the app is on the up and up.
Delete Apps You Don’t Use Or Want
Unfortunately, most android devices come with several apps you can’t get rid of. So those are best left in the app drawer where your app “feed” lives.
But there are often gaming apps and other apps that you don’t need that auto-install themselves when you get a new phone. Make sure to get rid of those if you aren’t going to use them.
One way to test which ones you can get rid of is to tap and hold the app icons and if you see an uninstall option show up at the top of your screen then you can delete it. But if you only see a remove button then you are stuck with it, unfortunately.
Apps take up a lot of storage space on your android phone and this can be frustrating to be limited with important things like taking photos or videos.
Delete the Accounts, Too
Uninstalling the app is one way to clear the clutter on your phone but most of these apps required you to create an account.
So, before hitting that uninstall button, log in to the account and delete the account before uninstalling the app.
If you can’t remember the logins, search for emails from those apps. Once the accounts are deleted, uninstall the app from your phone. Not only does this clear clutter from your phone but you’ll clear clutter from your inbox since deleting your account should put a stop to unwanted emails.
While having several emails can be annoying having a special email address for apps and signing up for things like this can be a favorable choice over having junk email going to your main inbox.
Delete Accounts Linked to Social Media
How many times have you created an account with your Facebook or Google logins? It’s so simple, right? This is yet another security issue that needs your attention.
Head to Facebook and other social media accounts to identify which apps you have connected to those accounts.
Get rid of them if you are not using them, if they are too distracting, or are not beneficial to you.
Create An App Folder On Your Homescreen
This is the best thing since sliced bread. So we all have an “app feed” or an app drawer where all of our apps live.
Most people often have the app shortcuts that are used often on their mobile device home screen for quick access. Instead of having to go scroll through their app library. This is ok but this does get a bit cluttered on your android home screen.
Enter using an apps folder to organize your smartphone apps.
Most Android devices have the capability to create an app folder on your home screen.
All you have to do to put your apps into folders is drag one app icon over top of another app icon and hold it until the phone creates a folder. Once the apps are together in that folder you are able to rename them.
Here are a combination of folders I suggest you have
- Shopping – Store apps, deal apps, amazon etc…
- Social Media
- Tools – Calculator, calendar app, photos, Google Docs, Google Drive, etc…
Don’t Be Intimidated by Technology
Don’t let this article frighten you away from using apps on your smartphone. They are amazing technology, no doubt; just be more selective about which apps you download.
If you really want to go “cold turkey” on eliminating apps, delete everything except your contacts and your texting app. Now, when you feel the need to download an app, you can evaluate if it’s a necessity to run your farm (or your personal life) or if it’s just a bright, shiny object that will cause distractions.
For example, I hardly ever play card games like solitaire. BUT when its hunting season and I am sitting in a tree stand or ground blind. YEP, I am keeping my brain occupied with a card game. So maybe it’s seasonal.
managing your time at your business and in your personal life may seem like a challenge but it falls into the necessity category.
Rescue Time is a highly valuable app, as it shows you a report of the things that are wasting your time. As a result, you will be more aware of how to manage your time more wisely. Another highly recommended app is Mint, because money can seem to escape all too easily. But Mint will help you with that, as it takes pictures of spending transactions and categorizes them for you. Thus, you will be empowered to be in better control of your money.
Start with these tips for clearing your apps and you’ll discover you have more time and increased productivity. When you’re not distracted, you have more energy to focus on the important things in your business and in life.