Here’s a short demo of Siempo for Android, which helps anyone who wants to cut back on screen time, reduce distractions and be more intentional about their phone use. This beta version is coming soon! Sign up at www.getsiempo.com to be notified when available.
This is a simulation of my phone’s home screen with Siempo. It’s the screen that I see now when I unlock my phone.
The stock Android home screen is a kind of Times Square of apps, corporate logos, and little dots and notifications, that are all vying for our attention. And most people will see that dozens of times or even 100 times a day. Siempo puts me back in control by replacing Times Square with, for example, the calm vista. I also get to choose the message that I want to see. Today I’ve chosen to remind myself of my intention to “Be present with this moment”. I can change that at any time by tapping on it.
Another way that Siempo removes distractions is by allowing you to control when you receive notifications. If you’ve ever checked your phone to see if you had a notification, and then suddenly realized that you just spent the past thirty minutes browsing social media, then you know that our phones and apps have become something like slot-machines. Sometime we get a reward and sometime we don’t. And the randomness of that reward is by design. It’s a design that trains us to pursue that reward without even thinking about it, which can lead to unintended overuse.
But with Siempo, I can choose to get my notifications only at the top of each hour. I won’t have any interruptions between those batches, which lets me stay focused. Also, since I know exactly when my notifications will arrive, Siempo alleviates that compulsive feeling of wanting to constantly check the phone.
Now let’s take a look at out how Siempo helps me access the apps that I need in the moment, while protecting me from unintentionally wasting time in other apps.
These are my frequently used tools, like maps and notes. And you can see right away that all the branding has been removed, as well as the colorful icons. Again, this is about putting me back in control. I shouldn’t be forced to walk through the candy-isle to get to the vegetable isle, right? Now I can open the apps that I need without any temptations or distractions. And, of course, I can customize this screen to pick the tools that I want, and I can assign my favorite apps to each tool.
Now, what about my games or my social media? It’s not that I never want to open them, it’s just that I want to be able to make that choice with awareness. So I’ve already selected the apps that I tend to waste too much time in, which moves them onto a special screen over here. Unlike the other two screens, I didn’t pick the order of these apps. Right now Facebook happens to be right here. But if leave this screen and come back later, now all the apps have moved. If I want Facebook, I have to find it. And that’s an optional feature, but for me that little extra step ensures that I know what I’m doing when I choose to open a game or social media. And I also like being reminded of my intention. So maybe instead of a hit of Facebook, I’ll go write a journal entry.
So that’s the beta version of Siempo. Many more features are in the works, including features that help you out while you’re actually using each app. But already this gives you much more control over your smart-phone experience, helping you build healthier digital habits so you can be more present, focused and flourishing.
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