Apps To Replace The Distractive Ones On Your Smartphone

Semakhari
4 min readFeb 7, 2021

After reading The Make time book, I went on a tangent of trying out having a Distraction-Free Phone, and what this is, is uninstalling Apps that you feel are distractive on your phone, Apps that you find yourself spending time on when you shouldn’t be. For me, this meant most social media apps(Instagram, Facebook. Twitter), streaming apps (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney +), Browsers (google) other apps like Mail, news. The intention for doing that was to be more productive on my device or cut back on the amount of time I spend on it. The following are apps that can replace the ones regarded as distractive.

After reading The Make time book, I went on a tangent of trying out having a Distraction-Free Phone, and what this is, is uninstalling Apps that you feel are distractive on your phone, Apps that you find yourself spending time on when you shouldn’t be. For me, this meant most social media apps(Instagram, Facebook. Twitter), streaming apps (Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Disney +), Browsers (google) other apps like Mail, news. The intention for doing that was to be more productive on my device or cut back on the amount of time I spend on it. The following are apps that can replace the ones regarded as distractive.

1. Instapaper

Suppose you find yourself stumbling upon articles, blog posts, anything on your browser that you feel would be good to read but don’t have time to read it at the moment. That’s where Instapaper comes to play. It’s an app that lets you save your interesting articles, videos, blog posts, recipes for later when you find the time.

2. Blinkist

Blinkist is an app that transforms key insights from great nonfiction books into quick, easy to understand highlights. There are over 3000 nonfiction titles across 27 categories such as Psychology, Management & Leadership, Politics, Technology, Productivity, Communication Skills, Mindfulness & Happiness, Bios & Memoirs, Personal Development, and More. Blinkist is an app that’s great if you look for a wide-ranging overview of a book before you want to devote yourself to reading it altogether. It’s like a test drive and an excellent way to pass the time on the train, waiting in line for something instead of checking social media, you can Palouse through highlights or a book instead. It also has an option of listening in with your preferred listening speeds. Blinkist is on both iOS and Android.

3. Productive

Productive is a habit tracker app that helps you to build a routine. So if you want to drink more water, read, wake up early, stretch, meditate, or whichever habit you want to be doing more. This App can help with that tracking and keeping you grounded. It has smart reminders, motivational stats, and an easy to use interface. I use it for just that, and I go into the App and check in with the habits I have in it, and it’s been helpful overall to keep me on track.

4. Kindle

I can’t stress enough to have the Kindle App on your device to replace the distractive apps. The Kindle app is an app that you can open up while waiting for the bus or in any waiting situation which; instead of opening Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook, you’d open this and catch up on some progress on a book you’re reading or improve on your reading habit. Still, the idea here is which App can replace the distractive. Apps on your device

5. Day one journal

I usually prefer journaling using pen and paper, but for my digital needs, Day One is my go-to App Journal App. Though it has a lot going on for it, you can make it your own for the use you see best fits your needs. You can add links, photos, videos for a more memorable experience, you can relive past memories by getting Notifications such as “ On this day: You have 3 entries on Feb 7th. Relive your memories.” Its quite initiative and has an exemplary user interface, and the user experience on this is exceptional at the same time.

6. Skillshare

Skillshare is a Learning Platform App with online classes taught by experts in that field. One thing about Skillshare is the fact that it makes learning fun, and depending on your interests or something you’re interested in, the chances are, however bizarre it might seem like, you would pretty much find it on there. From things like how to code, take product photography, or knit, take care of plants, and Productivity, I mean the list is endless.

7. Readwise

Readwise is an App that makes it easy for you to access your Highlights from your Kindle, Instapaper, iBooks, Pocket, and more. It gathers everything for you in one place, for your ease. So catch up with your highlights easily on the go on your Mobile Device.

In conclusion, you can either have a distractive free phone by deleting Apps that are just that or replacing those Apps with ones that Add some form of impact to your best self.

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Semakhari

I’m either on a quest to doing more of the things that make me happy or creating habits that contribute to my personal development. souncool.io