Set Up a Minimalistic iPhone and Use It With Purpose

How to take back your attention by using the apps you love more mindfully

Bryan Ye
Bryan Ye
Aug 12, 2019 · 13 min read

Digital minimalism definitively does not reject the innovations of the internet age, but instead rejects the way so many people currently engage with these tools.

— Cal Newport

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Screen shots by the author.

🚮 Use the KonMari Method on Your Apps

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

— Marie Kondo

💬 Choose Your Notifications for Every Single App

Never be so dependent on technology that a notification is the only thing that brings you hope.
― Nitya Prakash

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🌳 Open Your Apps With Purpose

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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One folder for all apps

A separate screen for your apps

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One grayscale app at the front

🧱 Use a Minimalistic Wallpaper

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

— William Blake

You can’t hide your dock on the iPhone

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Use a wallpaper you want to see every day

🏃‍♀️ Keep Your Phone Away When You Can

Distractions make life seem way shorter than it is.

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Put your phone in your bag

Sleep with your phone in another room

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Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

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Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Bryan Ye

Written by

Bryan Ye

Words @Atlassian. Based in Sydney. I have a lot of thoughts; here are the less crazy ones. bryanyewriter@gmail.com

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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