The joy of single-purpose tech

Here is this week’s 1% MORE—4 short prompts using Mind over Tech’s M.O.R.E framework to trigger tiny improvements to your digital habits.

This week's theme is: ⏳ Focus

Mindsets and habits to help manage your time and stay present with whatever you are doing in your digital life.


a trigger to inspire motivation

Developer Zachary Flower on the joy of single purpose devices

“I’m starting to realise that the problem isn’t the device, but rather it’s lack of defined purpose. Back in my day (ugh), a phone was just a phone, the TV delivered most of my video entertainment, the internet was quite literally chained to the family computer, and music came on tapes, then CDs, and (when we got really fancy) MP3 players.

You know what all these things have in common? They each do one thing, and do it well.”

Source: The Joy of Using Single-Purpose Tech


an approach to gather data

Be curious about how using your phone to help with a specific task often leads to using your phone for something unplanned.


a prompt to inspire change

Which tool is best—the most convenient one, or the one that’s built for the job?


an invitation to disrupt your digital habits

Get into the habit of using an egg timer while cooking so that you can focus on what you are doing without relying on a phone for basic timekeeping.

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Until next week,

— Jonathan
Founder of Mind over Tech