Your mobile life and what you can do in the rest of your life
I’ve had an iPhone for almost a year, and am astonished at the changes that it’s made in my productivity. The main difference is that where on my BlackBerry or Windows Mobile phone I mainly read email while on the go or between meetings, I can now access web applications, read email and phone at the same time, and generally live all of the brand promise of the iPhone. Yes, it sounds like a fanboy shill, but it’s true.
To try and avoid the eye candy that Apple would like to place in front of me in order to make me buy more stuff, I focus on my iPhone home screen and try to make that the center of my mobile productivity.
I do this by splitting up the screen into four general regions:
- Messages, Notes, Calendar = Upper Left
Here’s where I go when I need to note something quickly, find out when I’m meeting someone, or to send a quick text. I don’t spend much time here but I do need to look at it frequently, so I keep these apps on the most easily accessed real estate of the iPhone home screen. If I need to remember something, I place it into Evernote, my “cloud brain.”
- Photos = Upper Right
I love to take pictures, so I keep a few camera apps handy (ShakeitPhoto gives a cool “Polaroid-like” effect, while Hipstamatic has a whole series of effects) to snap and upload pictures.
- Social + Location + Aggregators = Lower Left
To keep up with the news by and about the most important people in my network, I use Gist. I also use the Facebook and LinkedIn mobile apps.
- Misc = Lower Right
A few more of my favorite apps live here, including Zendesk which allows me to reach customers at a moment’s notice.
Finally, I’ve added the Mobile Twitter app to my home deck, as I spend a lot of time in Twitter managing multiple accounts and keeping up with a variety of hashtag conversations online. This is the third in a series of iPhone home page organizations, and I’ve noticed a theme emerging — how can I do more seamlessly in a mobile way while limiting distractions — and the home screen is getting better. (It’s not without distraction, but better ;).
I’d love to hear how you arrange your mobile device to improve your work.