A new approach to the iPhone dock


After wanting to simplify my home screen on my iPhone now I’m a bit more intentional about things I’ve changed the way I use my dock. In the past I’ve had my 4 most used apps but now I’ve added a folder.

My home screen contains only a few apps so I created a folder to the right that has my most used apps. I’ve also gotten used using spotlight again. The second page has folders with all of my apps.

I’ve changed the wallpaper from my current for the screen shot but here’s what the complete screen looks like.

I’m finding that simplifying means using my iPhone is a bit more intentional.

My iPad Mini home screen

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I’ve refreshed my devices onto the beta so been setting up my iPad Mini again. I don’t restore from backup so it’s always a fresh look at my apps when I do this. As you can see I’ve moved back to Things to keep my week a bit simpler as I had a lot going on. Still using Bear for my notes and writing. Another change is using my iPad Mini to journal exclusively. I’ve uninstalled DayOne from my iPhone in fact. Social apps have moved here also off my iPhone.

I’m planning on writing up more posts on how I’m recording music on iOS and want to relax a bit more so I’ll be playing more guitar and freelance writing less. This is part of realising I’m taking on too much in terms of projects. More on this in a later post.

iPhone XS home screen


Refreshed my iPhone and coming back from Android decided to try some new apps.

  • GoodTask for my to do app, well back to using it actually
  • Bear for my Notes
  • Darkroom for photo editing
  • Autosleep to do a bit of sleep tracking
  • Daylio to keep track of how I’m doing throughout the day

It’s weird after coming back from Android I’m enjoying more third party apps.

My Pixel 3a home screen

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I’m still getting to grips with Android but here’s my setup.

  • Messaging seems a mess but I’ve settled on using hangouts
  • I’m using Google keep to do my notes taking
  • Using Todoist as my task manager whilst I test the Pixel

It’ll most probably change a bit daily but here’s my starting point.

iPhone XS home screen


This months home screen update. No huge changes here, updated to match my iPad one from the other day. Most distractions moved to the second page and I’m now using screen time to limit certain apps to 30 minutes a day, such as Micro.blog.

IPad Pro home screen (April ‘19)

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Thought I’d post an update to my home screen on my iPad Pro 10.5″. Recently newly setup my warranty replacement so this is pretty new, literally just got to setting up today.

As you can see I’m still using Emoji for my folders

  • Social
  • Apple
  • Creative
  • Stuff

Then just the apps that are used more often on the home screen and my dock.

Apps are pretty consistent but moved back to OmniFocus. Despite rumours of a refreshed Reminders I have zero confidence in Apple’s ability to create a good app these days so I’m sticking with third party for my productivity. I am sticking with Notes however as it does everything I need it to and sync is reliable.