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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Keep the tools, put mindless choices at a distance.

Do you open apps mindlessly because they are the first thing you see when you unlock your phone?

Limit your first page of apps to just tools– things you use for in-and-out tasks like Maps, Camera, Calendar, Notes, or Lyft. Move the rest of your apps off the first page and into folders.

 

Launch other apps by typing.

Swipe down and type the app you want to open instead of leaving bad habits on the home screen. Typing takes just enough effort to pause and ask, “do I really want to do this?”

On Android you can use the Search box on your home screen.

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

 

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 you 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.

Freedom (Mac & Windows)
Temporarily block specific websites or apps on your desktop, tablet and phone for set periods of time.

 

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.

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

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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.

It's not just our responsibility to adopt better habits.

Join the movement to demand that the technology industry redesign their products put our best interests first.