Killing email on the iPhone – 4 Days later

Posted on Posted in #iPadOnly, English, Opinion, Working on MY iPad

I love my iPhone. The problem is in the words of Jake Knapp: “I can’t handle infinity in my pocket.”

While writing my next book, that is about doing #iPadOnly I have really look into detail and take the time to evaluate and review some of my workflows, and of course having a section/chapter on how the iPhone complements the iPad also force me to look into how I was using my iPhone.

As I said on Tuesday, sadly a lot of my use was for distraction more than for focus. I spend hours reviewing mail (much more than I really though) even that I tend to check, process and respond on the iPad. I also spend hours follow links that take me to another link, that will most likely give me something to read on the other link. It was because of that reason that I turn email off and also delete Safari and Google Chrome.

I also said on Tuesday how interesting was the amount of times I got the configuration screen of the iPad, even when I was working on the iPad.

After four days without a proper browser I bring Safari and Chrome back on friday morning. First, now that I know that I don’t miss email on the iPhone (at least I have not miss it for the last four days) I need to check if the browser was also the real distraction or it was just the email.

So I turn the browser back, download Google Chrome (My work Browser) and continue the test. I was testing the assumption that email and the web where the biggest distractors, but having 1Password as an emergency browser I notice that it is not really browsing the big offender, so I decided to try to re-activate Safari and Chrome and test the assumption.

I can say that in the last four days I had really need email once. The interesting thing was that it wasn’t to actually receive an email as I originally though it was going to be, but in order to sent one. I don’t have yet the perfect solution, and I may or may not have it by the time this book is done, but without a doubt the test had been a really interesting one, and I am really happy that I did.

The most interesting part of this test is how much I am using my iPhone for other tasks that it is really good, because I am not getting constantly bug down by email. I don’t know if I will keep email turn off forever, but at least for now.

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