Going distraction-free without losing the smartphone

Jake Knapp didn't want to get rid of his iPhone, but needed to get its endless attention-demands under control. He started by removing everything except Phone and Messages.

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  1. As long as I can keep zombo.com

  2. I do not understand how Messages makes the cut, but Mail doesn't.

    Too bad self-control isn't available as an app. You don't need to uninstall a web browser to avoid its siren song - just don't listen to it.

  3. I don't own a smart phone, yet I am perfectly capable of distracting myself with my laptop, my books, my juggling balls, my gaming consoles, my MP3 player, etc.

    I'm not sure that eliminating one source of distraction from your life is going to make a difference. How about renouncing all technology and living in a log cabin in the woods?

  4. dobby says:

    I guess this is what I have always had.
    I for a long time refused to play the data scam game because all I really wanted was a great PDA/computer and had the right apps to do this offline with my phone/SMS being a morphed on feature. I have never had facebrick and I canceled twitter after six months of never finding anything useful in tweeting and never feeling the desire to follow anyone else.
    Even now I only turn on Internet when I actually need to check mail or web, at home I use wifi.
    The biggest irritant on my phone is the daily reminders to do stuff like water plants.

    What I really want is a POCSAG paging module built into my next phone, turn off the data/cellular modem, disappear from the radar but still be in touch. I can turn on the cellular modem if I need to answer a page, there was discussion on the neo900 phone project a while back which even attracted the attention for Richard Stallman.

  5. What I do is just not ever answer my phone unless it’s my mom. What’s been amusing the last few decades is this notion that being available 24/7 makes you look important or powerful. You know what actually powerful people don’t do? Answer their own phones, ever. Much less while walking down the street or queued up at Starbucks.

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