I use a lot of apps. And I mean a lot of apps. Between my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro, I am comfortably overwhelmed and often distracted. To remedy this, I thought I would go through them all and identify only those apps that I truly need, if “truly need” is accurate.

Truth be told, there are days that I wish I could go back to the era before the internet and mobile connectivity. I still do all the same things I did before. I eat, sleep, walk, drive, communicate, listen to music and use the lavatory. The difference now is that I do all of these things with my trusty iPhone.

So, how do I stop myself from becoming one of the iZombies moving through their day, only occasionally looking up to acknowledge the lifeforms that may invade their iSpace? By clearing out the biggest distractions.

I started with my iPhone, because that is by far the biggest distractor and the object of my addiction. I made a list of the many apps that have found themselves downloaded to my iPhone, and then grouped them into folders based on utilization and task. The folders look something like this:

1. Wellness
2. Budget
3. Buy
4. Capture
5. Connect

Next, I looked at the tasks that I do on a daily basis. Excluding the pre-installed iOS apps, my task folders looked like this:

1. Email
2. Note-taking
3. Bookmarking references
4. To-Dos
5. Calendar
6. Sleep Alarm

These are the things that are imperative to my work/life existence and preclude the distraction of never-ending searching and swiping through apps like Instagram, Facebook, and Safari.

If other apps were to find their way onto onto my phone, they would be relegated to their respective folders; the digital equivalent of the cookie jar being placed out of reach of the toddler.

The jury is still out on optimal productivity being achieved, but I feel like a small, much-needed step has been taken. For the same reason the late Steve Jobs didn’t allow his kids to have any of these iToys, I’ve had to try and tie my hands behind my back lest I become part of the collapse society. I’m using the adage “less is more,” penned by Mies Van Der Rohe, which fueled the modern architecture movement and today’s Minimalists, as my guiding mantra. Can “less is more” be true in a time when “more is more”? Stay tuned.