Well over a year ago I deleted the Facebook app on my phone. It was mainly because it was taking up a lot of space, and I was still rocking the iPhone 4S. However, I also recognized it was the number one app I went to when I was bored, or perceived to be bored. It started a chain of events, that have actually become a monthly routine.
Apps are great, and a lot of them improve your life. However, they can also be a time-suck, whether its Social Media, a game, or even a news one. The accessibility makes it easy, but just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s good. That’s why I was thrilled when I found this article from Fast Company about what apps to delete this year.
The article, from Cale Guthrie Weissman, doesn’t so much list out apps to avoid, but the types of apps. It’s a good reminder that being too connected is not always a good thing. I know I overdo it with Twitter, but it’s tough not to when you’re stuck on a train for 45 minutes heading to your friend’s place. I’m getting better though, and I’ve made it a monthly routine.
Every month I run through my apps: “Which ones do I use?” and “Which ones do I use too much?” It’s actually worked out well, and allowed me to run through quite a few of them. Some make the cut, some don’t. Some are so good, they have to be cut (looking at you Amazon), but it’s a good exercise. Now I just need one for podcasts and I will be in business!
*Bonus points for anyone who gets the image immediately*