We always hear about cleaning out the pantry, the office or the kitchen, but what about cleaning out your phone?  Yes, I’m talking about the apps you have on your phone.  When’s the last time you looked at your phone and analyzed your apps?  Probably not in a very long time.  I was there and felt very overwhelmed at first.  I figured out a way to simplify the process.

Start by looking at your apps and asking yourself these three questions:

  1. What apps do I use every day?
  2. What apps do I use a few times a week?
  3. What apps have I not used in the past two months?

This might take some time to figure it out.  When I decided to clean out my phone, I took a week and paid attention to what apps I was actually using.  I was able to see that I used my email app, social media apps, the Google app, the weather app and a few more every day.  When I got to the apps I use a few times a week, the task got harder.  I ended up seeing that I used the GPS, a few shopping apps, my music apps and some more frequently but not as much as every day.  The last question was tough.  These were the apps I had on my phone that I rarely used but were helpful when I needed them.  There were also some apps I liked but hadn’t used in more than a few months so I had to make a choice – keep them or get rid of them, for now.

What I ended up finding during this process was that it’s not necessarily about how many apps you have, but more about how you organize them.  I split it up between screens to make it easier.  Screen 1 are the apps I use every day, Screen 2 are the apps I use at least a few times a week and Screen 3 are the apps I use but not very often.

Now I will say, Screen 3 was a challenge.  I had to decide which apps I really wanted to keep on my phone and I decided to part with a few.  I figured, if I haven’t used the app in a really long time, why keep it?

Overall, this process can take a few hours to a week or so, depending on how you want to go about it.  I chose to take it nice and slow, review the apps, review my behavior and then make changes.  At the end of this process, you’ll create a system for yourself that will work for you, your life and maybe even create some new habits.

I’d love to hear how you make out! Make sure to come back and share your experience.