Trying to reduce the amount of things which take up my time but don't have value is not easy to do. I learned this recently during a conversation with one of my friends.
The Context: A few of my friends downloaded a new game for their phone. I decided to download it as well and played the game. At first it was just like my friends I would play while waiting in line at the store or play for a few moments at random times. But then… I started being a bit distracted by this game. I played it more often, if I was waiting for more than 30 seconds I would start playing the game, this included times hanging out with my friends…
The Conversation: One of my friends noticed this while we were driving. They very rightly pointed it out to me. Saying something similar to “So much for your minimalism experiment.” at first I brushed off the idea responding with something like “Nah, it is just a game.”.
The Conclusion: Later that day I realized they were right. I had allowed something in my life that was not adding value in fact it was taking away value from times that could add value. I decided that it was time to uninstall the app.
All of this happened less than a week after my original post about minimalism. So clearly I have a long way to go get this right.
P.S. This app was taking time away from my life. I am not trying to say it is a bad app or that my friends are doing something wrong by still having the app. I am just saying that for my life right now that particular app was aligned with my values.