1. Allow Notifications from people, not machines.

Most notifications are from machines, not actual people. They keep our phones vibrating to lure us back into apps we don't really need to be in.

Visit Settings > Notifications and turn off all notifications except those from real people– apps like WhatsApp, FB Messenger or Messages.

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2. Put Unconscious choices at a distance.

When we unlock our phones, we see a field of colorful icons begging to be tapped – which taxes our mind.

Instead, try limiting your first screen to just the "tools" you use for in-and-out tasks– like Maps, Camera, Calendar, Notes, or Lyft. Move all the rest away from the first page and into folders.

 

3. Launch apps by typing.

Using your phone's search box to open apps forces you to make a conscious choice: it takes just enough effort to pause and ask, “do I really want to do this?”

On iPhone, swipe down to type the name of the app you're looking for. On Android you can use the Search box on your home screen.

iOS: For best results, turn off Siri Suggestions (Settings > General > Spotlight Search > Toggle Siri Suggestions to off)

4. Charge your device outside the bedroom.

Get a separate alarm clock in your bedroom, and charge your phone in another room (or on the other side of the room). This way, you can wake up without getting sucked into your phone before you even get out of bed.

 

Download apps and extensions that can help us live without distraction.
 

Sleep better

Flux (Mac, Windows)
Reclaim 15 mins of quality sleep by cutting the blue light from our screens.

Turn on NightShift (iOS)
Blue light from screens late at night tricks our body into believing it's still daytime, which disrupts our natural ability to sleep.

Stay focused

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AdBlock Plus (Chrome, Safari)
Reclaim 30-40% of your attention with every article you read.

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InboxWhenReady (Gmail)
Focus your inbox by only showing messages when you click "Show Inbox" instead of getting distracted as new emails arrive.

 

See where your time goes

Respond quickly

Moment (iOS)
See how much time you spend on your phone.

RescueTime (Mac, Windows)
See how much time you spend on different apps on your desktop along with various websites.

 
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Gboard
50% faster "swipe" typing than regular keyboards so you can respond to a message and get off your device more quickly.

Send audio messages
Recording a quick audio messages is often faster than typing, and lets many people  send a more authentic message.

 

Less email

Enable "Send + Archive"

Gmail only. This archives the email right after you send it.
The email will reappear in the inbox when the person replies.

Want to help the movement? Here's what you can do.

 

Spread the word

Share on Facebook or social media how you re-organized your home screen and turned off notifications.

 

 

 

Rate your apps

Help us gather public reviews of apps that people spend their time well, and those that take time away.

Download Moment (iOS) to start rating the apps you use the most.

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