Important to note that conda is a package/environment manager, which can build an anaconda environment.
More often than not, they are considered as one in the same which is untrue.
If you want to simply use conda, the package/environment manager and not have the entire anaconda environment packaged with it, you can install miniconda -
https://conda.io/miniconda.html- which gives you the conda application, without the bloat* of the entire scientific stack of anaconda.
miniconda will have a far smaller footprint, and then using conda to create specific (streamline/smaller) environments for usage will also be more storage-efficient.
Make the separation between conda and anaconda in your thinking, and it should make things easier to understand.
*not quite fair, it is not that it is bloat, it is just overkill for 99% of users