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How to Architect Your Smartphone for a More Focused Life

How to Architect Your Smartphone for a More Focused Life


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How to Architect Your Smartphone for a More Focused Life

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Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.


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Our smartphone is the environment

?Our smartphone is a space, where we spend a copious amount of time, that we may have overlooked as an environment.

For better or worse, we go about our daily lives in this digital palm-sized space.


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“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”


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The key to healthy phone usage is thoughtful customization

“Healthy” doesn’t necessarily mean very little screen time, but screen time that is dominated by the right apps.

You have to put the right triggers front and center.


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Be the designer of your world and not merely the consumer of it

The Apps Hierarchy

  • Tier 1: Habit-builders
  • Tier 2: Daily Tools
  • Tier 3: Someday Apps


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Apps with higher value should have more visibility on your phone

Value: An app’s value is based on how it strongly aligns with and supports your values, goals, & desired habits

Visibility: This includes both the app’s accessibility (placement on screen) and how active the app can be (notification settings)


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Tier 1: Habit-builders

Apps that support the habits you want to build or maintain.

Make the habit (those apps) obvious. 


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Tier 2: Daily Tools

These are the apps you need for your day-to-day activities or facilitate an important aspect of your life.

Standard apps such as Safari, Contacts, and Messages


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Tier 3: Someday Apps

You either might need them someday or you need them some of the time. Standard iPhone apps that you occasionally use, such as the App Store or Voice Memo app


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Dust Bunnies

Apps that:

  • Are completely useless and you just forgot they were still there
  • Take up too much of your time when they really shouldn’t

Just “cut bad habits off at the source.”


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Arranging The Applications

  • Step 1: Only display your Habit-builders and Daily Tools
  • Step 2: Adjust the notifications of your apps
  • Step 3: Test & adjust

With this setup, your home screen will be an instant, stark reminder of all the things you value and are working towards.


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