How to use Marie Kondo’s Technique to Reduce your Addiction to Smartphones

Marie Kondo’s technique for organizing your home is based on 6 principles that we can also apply to reduce our addiction to the smartphone. Discover how.

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Marie Kondo‘s technique for organizing your home is based on 6 principles that we can also apply to reduce our addiction to the smartphone. Discover how.

By now you probably have already heard of Marie Kondo. The organization expert already has a book and a Netflix series where she explains her rules for ordering your home and living a happier life.

In general, your technique is to get rid of everything that does not make you happy, and to logically order that which does bring value to your life.

While the principles dictated by Kondo are designed to order physical spaces, some have already extrapolated their rules to other areas. This is the case of Todd Haselton of CNBC, who decided to use Marie Kondo’s technique to organize his iPhone.

Curiously, the rules stipulated by the expert in organization can be tremendously effective in alleviating our addiction to new technologies, specifically our smartphone. Let’s see what the Kondo principles are and how we can use them to reduce the time we spend glued to the screen.

  • Commit yourself to the organization: First of all you have to want to reduce your addiction to the smartphone. The first step in this case is to get rid of all those apps that do nothing but occupy space. To do this, access settings and access the list of disused apps – most phones should have a style function. That is, all those you have never used or have not used in recent months. When you erase you have taken the first step to reduce your addiction to the smartphone, committing to practice.
  • Ask yourself what makes you happy: Now comes a step more difficult. Not only do you have to get rid of what you do not use, but what does not bring you happiness. In this case, we are going to analyze which apps bring positivity to our life. If they do not really make you happier, eliminate them. In case you can not eliminate them for practical reasons, turn off notifications so that at least play a less relevant role in your life.
  • Imagine your ideal lifestyle: Ask yourself what is your ideal life image, is it to live life through the screen of a mobile phone, or would you like to enjoy it more through the eyes? If you have trouble getting off your mobile, use an app or configure it to limit the time you can spend on certain social networks, or impose blockages so that you can not access the mobile during certain periods.
  • Check and finish the cleaning: Repeat the second step, checking well that you have not left any app that does not add value to your phone. Maybe by taking a second round you identify things that you did not see the first time.
  • Organize by categories, not location: It’s time to organize the remaining apps. To do this, create folders on your phone with different categories. For example, one of communication, another of finance, another of news, etc.
  • Follow the correct order: Once you have the folders, decide where each app should go. Afterwards, you can prioritize the different folders by placing some on the home screen, and leaving others in the background. All apps considered less addictive should be less accessible than those that really add value to you.

Organizing our smartphone in this way helps us to make it a useful tool in our day to day, instead of a mere addiction.