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Experiment 27

App Junk Drawer

What does it involve?

Identify any apps that are not essential to have immediate access to, and create a space on your device where you can hide them from view.

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Why do it?

  • Reduce the temptation to open apps which you can easily waste time in, simply because they are sitting there in plain sight waiting to be tapped.
  • Make it easier to find and use the apps which are genuinely helpful for doing the things that matter most to you.
  • Make it a little bit harder to open apps that you use mindlessly, giving you some precious seconds to decide if thats what you really want to do.

How does it work?

  1. Only feature on your home screen the apps that you use regularly to accomplish the things which you prioritise in your life.

  2. Create a single folder where you place all of your other apps so that they are hidden from view whenever you use your device.

  3. Don’t organise them into sub-folders, just keep them there in one long messy list, just like that junk drawer full of odd items in your kitchen.


If you find yourself getting irritated when searching for an app to use, then this is the point! Don’t give in by making it easier to find the apps, instead use this brief period of frustration to notice how quickly we get impatient when using our devices. Also notice how quickly you start to learn the location of apps in the drawer by muscle memory. Try to regularly change the order of apps to help keep things harder to find.