I will soon start my new work and that won’t leave me enough time to specifically go up into my office room to turn on the computer to manage NoSurf, so I had to find alternatives.
My iPad has, since I stopped watching Netflix on it, been just a glorified kindle, and lays around most of the time (and is often empty and shut off, especially when I read physical books for weeks). Overuse has never been a problem with it. I would’ve never bought a tablet, but this one was a gift years ago.
It doesn’t comfortably fit into pockets, it isn’t easy to hold, writing on it is bad, I am too lazy to get out my wireless keyboard, … all of these features make it easy to not overuse it at all, and rather forget about it somewhere or only take it with me for reading. Plus, no mobile data, only WiFi.
I thought, okay, anything like the Discourse app, Slack, Discord etc. is just bad on the phone. It has mobile data, I take it with me everywhere, it’s easy to hold and put into pockets, typing is easy, I still connect the phone mentally with mindless checking… a recipe for disaster.
But putting it on my iPad would solve that. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but for my usage and ‘problems’ with the iPad, I think it’ll work. I do realize there is this big screen = more use danger, but I’ll see. I just find iPads clunky. I frequently leave it upstairs. It helps that I don’t expect any messages or calls on it, which is why I take my phone everywhere.
I used this to offload several apps from the iPhone to the iPad, and only keep the stuff I really need on the phone, to further turn it into a dumbphone I guess. When outside, I can only read via Kindle on the iPad. No mobile, and with WiFi I’ll be able to do the usual stuff (NoSurf, Duolingo,…). Makes sure I really sit down in a dedicated matter instead of having it on me everywhere, like it would be/was on the phone.
The phone now looks like this:
Left folder: WhatsApp, Spotify, Public Transport, Headspace, Browser, TimeGuard. The ones I use the most.
(First page) Settings, Contacts, Photos, Notes, Phone, Banking, Banking2, Public Transport Alert, Catastrophe Alert; these are the other important ones.
(Second page) App Store, AccuWeather, Messages, Calculator, Safari, Steam Authenticator, Camera, Skitch, Clock; these are mildly important/system stuff, but who still uses SMS? I also use another browser, and I navigate to camera or clock by control center or the lockscreen and I have a widget for the weather app. So this is just about storing semi important apps.
(Third page) Health, Wallet, Find iPhone. The most useless.
I could technically combine them all into one folder, but I kinda like having the two most important categories in view.
The control center is reduced to the things I wanna navigate to from there.
First folder: Duolingo, Headspace, Clue, Cooking app. Productive and important.
Second folder: Notes, Paper, GoodNotes 4, Pages. All kinds of note-taking and writing/digital journal apps. I have a pen for the tablet, so these are good to have.
Third folder: Settings, Authenticator app, Password manager, Browser.
Fourth folder: All NoSurf things. With TimeGuard, so they’re limited.
The shelf has the Kindle app and a blog I read that updates once every day.
The next page has a kind of trash folder with everything I need but don’t need to navigate to/don’t need on display (Dropbox, factory apps…).
Both devices are on grayscale, but the filter doesn’t apply to screenshots.
So now, I’ll reserve the computer for the weekend and for actual writing.
I’ll see how it goes. I just wanted a quick way to get an overview over what has happened over the day and what has been going on in our team chat in the evening starting next week
To be honest, there hasn’t been a real thing to check/do on my phone since ages, now even more so. And still, after a year of conscious NoSurf, sometimes I still pick up the phone, unlock it, and seeking for what I could check/do to distract myself mindlessly. That’s why I try to move stuff away from there, because neither my computer nor my iPad are connected to mindless surfing in my mind like that. I literally put down the phone then and feel kinda frustrated. I guess it takes even longer for that to go away.
Also, first day today of getting up at 5AM. It feels so normal and natural for some reason.
No technology after 8pm really helps sleeping, and I try to go to bed at the same time every day, plus immediately get up when the alarm rings (phone alarm in a different room plus a whining dog helps). That all has contributed to a really good “getting-up-behavior”, I guess. I’m awake immediately.