How to Use Your Old iPhone to Set Better Work Boundaries

A new Apple ID could be your key to Zen

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I scooped up the iPhone 12 Mini — my first upgrade in more than four years — mainly because it was time for an intervention. Working for yourself certainly has its perks, but quarantine has only accelerated my bad habits: checking work apps while sitting on the couch, peeking at metrics between social media scrolls, and pulling up marketing reports out of sheer boredom. Sometimes a needle has moved, and in my app-checking compulsion, I’ve dug myself into my own special variable rewards hole. Upgrading presented a good opportunity for a hard reset.

I didn’t know if my solution was the most optimal solution. What I did know was that I wanted a visceral change, one that I could literally feel in the palm of my hand and then put away in a drawer when it was time to call it a day. So, rather than writing the definitive, be-all-end-all tutorial on work-life separation, allow me to present how I reorganized my personal tech setup and what steps to take so you can do the same.

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