Desktops

This is the second article of a series. You can read the article about the reason behind the series here.

What does your desktop look like right now on your computer?

Your cellphone?

Take screenshots of both right now.

I’ll wait.

Now, I want to teach you how to cultivate a clear space on both so that you can maintain focus without the chaos of files, folders, and apps to distract you. We’ll start with your computer, then go to your iPhone.

Computer
In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.

I walk you through how to do this step-by-step for your Apple computer in this video:

In this video I will:
  • Talk about only having only one folder on your desktop called just that – desktop. You will save everything you absolutely must have on your desktop to this folder, but you will not keep the files indefinitely. During your closing ritual on Fridays, you will make sure the files are deleted, or put where they belong.
  • Show you how to change out the folder image so that it can be a minimal white folder, if you’d rather not have the default blue folder, as I prefer.
  • Demonstrate where I keep and hide my dock so that it’s not getting in the way of my workflow. I’ve been so surprised at how many of my clients or coworkers share their screens with me and struggle with their docks. End the madness with the tips in this video.
iphone
In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.
It cracks me up how many productivity gurus discuss organizing apps in folders and moving distracting apps to additional pages on their iPhone.

You don’t need to do any of this.

All you need to do is create one folder that you keep on the dock of your iPhone. Put every single app inside of this folder. Keep your favorite, most-used apps on the dock next to the folder.

That’s it.

Now to find and open an app, simply pull down the iPhone’s search bar and start to type the name of the app or touch one of Siri’s suggestions displayed below it.

So easy.

You never have to scroll through pages to find an app again.

Plus your iPhone’s home screen is beautifully clear.

It’ll be even better once we discuss notifications next month.

Now take a screenshot of your computer and iPhone backgrounds now. Send me both your before and after! I have to see the digital makeover.

Maybe I’ll even feature them here if you give me permission? How fun.

Before & after examples
One of my clients did the exact process I described in this article, and she told me she already feels more calm, competent, and focused.

Before

In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.
In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.

After

In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.
In this second article of the Digital Minimalism series we focus on your desktop, then go on to your iPhone so you can clear the space.

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