There’s so much news and social media these days that I struggle to rein in what services I use and sites I visit. I find that if I use Safari bookmarks instead of my RSS app I’m easily overwhelmed with content.
I do my best to stick to the sites I enjoy reading via my RSS app (Reeder) and only check in with Tweetbot a few times a day, rarely sharing anything these days.
Being intentional is hard and even harder when the attention economy is running at full pace like it is now.
How do you slow down or only take in the content you want?
I’ve been wrestling with my use of Amazon for years but after their latest apparent lack of care for their staff I decided to leave and delete my account. This was around New Year of 2022. Since then I’ve been absolutely fine without an Amazon account, in fact it’s been easy.
I’ve been using more local shops when I’ve been out and about in the world, I’ve used the brands own website or just bought less.
What I found is that with the lure of next day shipping it bypassed my complete buying process and I picked up stuff that I might have not fully thought through. Having to find things a little more has helped me take a step back and most of the time I don’t end up purchasing.
Not only is it saving me money but it’s better for the environment.
I’m not saying this is for everyone but if you have a little patience then leaving Amazon is easy.
I realised in my recent run of testing different used iPhone models that these days I’m favouring 128GB of storage. After using this amount now for well over a year, I feel that 128GB is the right size for most people.
If you’re plugged into the Apple ecosystem, odds are you’re using iCloud for your backup. For me I use it plus I pay for Apple Music. I also download a lot of my favourite music for when I’m on the go, which admittedly is less these days.
With that in mind my iPhone 13 with 128Gb is about half full. It’ll manage the moving files up and down from the cloud depending on how full this gets but I have no worries about my running out of space.
If you like to keep everything local, which I’m not sure why you would with cheap iCloud storage you’ll need to spend the extra on a larger 256GB or more iPhone.
This new report on the repairability of laptops and phones is an interesting read and if you’re interested in helping this thing we call our planet definitely something to consider when you’re making your next purchase.
It’s not really a surprise that Apple didn’t fare well here in terms of repairing but I was surprised at the low scores for active lobbying against right to repair.
Apple lost the greatest number of points for their active lobbying against Right to Repair and support for other trade groups who are most visible in opposition, with Microsoft also losing points for direct lobbying
As I’ve been switching between different iPhone models it’s become clear to me that right now I need the iPhone (or any smartphone) to be a tool and to pick the one that’s comfortable for my RSI, forgetting any other shortcomings. It’s also clear that certain tasks are better suited to the MacBook Air, so I’m trying to be more intentional about which device I use.
For my mobile setup I’m currently on an iPhone 7 and I’m reducing my screen time significantly and trying to use the phone for messaging, phone calls, blogging, listening to music, keeping on top of my calendar and maps where needed. I have no social media apps installed or apps that I find distracting. The apps on my mobile platform should serve me in my goals or be useful in daily use.
For my desktop the MacBook Air is being used. It’s for longer blog posts, any freelance work, creative projects, image editing, web use, social media check in, email and general computing needs. The Air is a great laptop and has been serving me well over the last 6 months, I think it’s my favourite Mac ever.
I no longer have an iPad in this setup. I do occasionally miss having one but if I’m trying to use devices less and more intentionally then I shouldn’t pick one up.
On the camera front I’m going to be using my Canon 70D more, I always take it on day trips but thinking where I can I’ll use it for day to day stuff. I’m actually thinking about mirrorless or compact so if you have any suggestions let me know via my contact page.
I’m still unsure of the iPhone 7 battery life but looking over at the rumoured updated SE with interest. If I can’t get through a day trip then it’ll have to go.
Anyway I hope you liked this post an let me know if you are looking to use your smartphone less in 2022.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about where I want to put my money when purchasing online and the main place that bothered me was Amazon, so I have now deleted my account. There are many personal reasons for this, some of those listed here. I’m glad I’ve finally done this to be honest and I’m now not supporting a company that consistently puts profits over people.
Since switching to the iPhone 13 Mini from the 11 I have noticed an improvement in my RSI and when I have used my 11 it’s come back pretty quickly. This got me thinking about my journey with the iPhone 11 Pro to the 11 where it was about comfort i.e. the bigger screen over the latest and greatest. What I have come to realise is that if you go for the base model or the Pro you are still getting a great device, with very little material difference between them in day to day use.
For me the comfort and ergonomics of using the iPhone 13 Mini outweigh having the latest in tech, that I wont miss that much day to day anyway.
Managing a flagship phone these days is a literal handful with most now being better wielded using two hands. I always try to still use one handed and end up overstretching. With my mini this doesn’t happen.
The phone is serving me, not the other way around.
When I picked up the iPhone 13 Mini it was primarily to help me with some RSI issues I’m having. I went in with open eyes and accepted any limitations around battery and screen that I may have compared with the iPhone 11 it was replacing.
What’s actually happened is that it’s changed the way I’m using a smartphone and it almost feels like going back to the days of the original iPhone where I’d use it as a tool. As with my iPhone back when it was new my iPhone 13 Mini gets picked up when
I want to take a photo
I want to listen to some music
Replying to a message
A quick look (less than 2 minutes) at the F1, Star Wars or tech news
Errrr, phone calls
Write the occasional short blog post
Other than it’s pretty much sat somewhere in the house not being used. I’m not mindlessly on it scrolling Twitter or getting lost on Reddit like I would on the large screened iPhone 11. With the 11 it became my iPad, the 13 Mini is used with purpose and I go to the MacBook Air when I want to do something a bit more involved.
Having a small manageable (for me) phone, along with a small and powerful laptop in the Air is a great little setup for me. It’s helped me be more mindful and stay in the moment without getting distracted with a smartphone, I’m not on the sofa scrolling whilst others are using the TV or looking whilst I’m waiting for something in a store. It stays in my pocket when I occasionally venture out and I’m no longer feeling the need to grab it whenever boredom strikes.
If you want to move towards less screen time then I really recommend picking one up and seeing if it helps you too.
Oh and as I mentioned in a previous post, the battery life on the 13 Mini isn’t a worry at all. With my new found use I can get through two days.