Tech Spring Clear Out

It’s the time of the year when the heating has been turned off (or limited use), the smell of freshly cut grass is starting to make it’s come back, people seem to have an extra spring in their step (pun totally intended) and our gardens seem to be coming back to life. Just like most people around this time of the year, I like to take advantage of the easter break to do a little spring cleaning and get rid of the items in our lives that fail to bring life to our home, lives and projects.

This year, I’ve done the usual, cleared out the shed, relocated items in our house but this year i’ve taken it to another level. I’ve decided to do a tech spring clean. A few weeks back I realised that I probably use 3/4 devices that have become a huge part of my daily work routine, so much that it would be pretty tough to live without them. Although these bits of tech have become a huge part of my work life, it also be fair to say they can quickly become a distraction. Let’s use my phone for example. The amount of apps I had was an absolute joke. I would go as far to say I had about 300 apps installed, which was shocking when I realised I probably only use no more than 30 apps on a daily basis and then maybe 50 on a regular basis. Now, why was this a problem for me. Simply put, Notifications. I would get endless amounts of notifications throughout the day and whilst there are things I can do to limit them, there’s always one of two that get in the way.

We all have moments during our work week when we have many distractions around us, some of us will have a lot more than others but if you’re in a similar boat to me, there’s no time for distractions. I need to ensure that the moments I sit down to code, interact with potential clients or plan for the next coming month are going to be the most productive they can be. Since implementing and removing a whole bunch of apps that are distractions e.g games, notification spamming apps, or just apps that I don’t need, I’ve seen a huge increase in my productivity.

I’ve been very strict. If I haven’t used an app in the last 4 weeks, it’s gone and I’ve also dumped the games. It took about 15 minutes to go through the whole spring clean but i’ve already clawed back those 15 minutes in productivity. I think this is something I’m going to carry over to Macbook Pro but with some slightly different criteria but with the same intention of removing any distractions that might be killing my productivity instead of bringing life to my productivity. Time is precious, especially when you’re balancing a full-time job, freelance work and trying to launch your own product. If I want to succeed, I have to make these decisions now and get the most of my time.

Is it just me? Have you done something similar? Want to question why I had the power rangers game installed? Feel free to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.